Kundalini Awakening Symptoms

Symptoms of Kundalini Awakening 

Real Life Experiences & Descriptions of Kundalini Rising

Are you going through a kundalini awakening episode or experience?  Let’s find out… 

Kundalini awakening symptoms are truly a very intriguing subject.  Really there is no correct answer to the question, "What are the symptoms of Kundalini Rising?", as thankfully, each of us is absolutely unique and thus, on a unique trajectory on the path to Kundalini Awakening.  That said, there are some common kundalini experiences that are often reported, which I would like to share with you in this article.

Although we can draw up endless lists of symptoms from third party accounts, I would like to instead make this series about kundalini symptoms that you or I have actually experienced.  In this article, I will give a recent account from one of my students about what she experienced shortly after class, and then I will add my own kundalini experiences and observations as well. 

In the comments section, I encourage you to add any kundalini awakening experiences or symptoms you have felt, so others can better understand what they might be going through.  Here is the recent email I received from my student, Aida:

Aida’s Experience of Kundalini Awakening:

I am a student of the "Gentle Kundalini Class". I just finished taking a series of exercise specifically for the spine.
As I left the class I felt energized as I usually feel after each class, but this time it was a little different, I was feeling extra aware of my surrounding. Like a light turned on. My back was so straight. It lasted all day.
If I could go to class every morning I would go. It makes my day start right in every way. And there are times when I am not feeling like going to class and I push myself to go and do not regret it.
Thank you for being my teacher.
Aida D. 

For those interested, here is a link to the Spinal Warmup Kundalini Yoga Kriya we did in class that day.  Thank you Aida, for sharing your personal experiences with us.

This particular experience of kundalini is very interesting and significant.  This is because it is the common experience of advanced meditation and of kundalini yoga.  In the article, Powerful Kundalini Yoga Battles Profound Zen Meditation, I described my own such experience with kundalini awakening, but not from doing kundalini yoga, but instead from doing Silent Mind Meditation!

Aida’s experience points at the two things that all yoga and meditation boils down to.  Energy and Awareness. 

My favorite description of Kundalini Yoga is, "The Yoga of Awareness," and as you see from her account, she felt more aware, as the energy of kundalini had risen up her spine.  In meditation, it is the same.  The demand for intense awareness, in order to comprehend the thought process via direct perception, leads to energy (kundalini) rising up and elongating the spine.  Awareness then follows.

Jiddu Krishnamurti describes this experience of kundlaini energy flowing up the spine as "The rush of water filling up and thus causing a pipe to stand erect."

When we insist that the spine be straight during meditation, it is simply to facilitate this awakening and thus, to assist in being more aware.  I have experienced kundalini rising and puling up with such force, during meditation, that it sometimes make me feel as if I am going to be launched right off the ground or as if it’s going to pull my head off and up into the sky.

Symptoms of Kundalini Awakening:

I am going to describe some of the physical symptoms my students or I have felt due to kundalini awakening.  I know there are many emotional and mental symptoms as well, and you are welcome to share those with us in the comments section below.  I am grouping the experiences into 3 categories, common, uncommon and rare, according to what I have observed.

Common Kundalini Awakening Symptoms:

  • Tingling in the body and brain region.  Also sometimes described as ants walking, tickling energy or flushes of energy.  The brain being flushed with energy is quite pleasant :-).
  • Heat or cold in the system, or running along various channels and chakra centers.
  • Fluttering or twitching of muscles.
  • Pinching or burning in various regions of the body or brain.

Uncommon Kundalini Awakening Symptoms:

  • Pressure in the Third Eye Region (Ajna Chakra).  This is pressure, tingling or other sensation in the center of the forehead.  Can go on for years (14 years and counting so far for me).  Caution: If the pressure, due to certain practices, intensifies to uncomfortable levels you feel are "immense", you should cease that practice and consult a competent kundalini yoga teacher.
  • Sudden bursts of energy anywhere in the body.  These are almost always short lived, from a few seconds to a few minutes.
  • Spontaneous yoga asans or kundalini yoga movements.  They may come on spontaneously, or they may take over, as if on auto-pilot when one is practicing  Kundalini Yoga Kriyas or Exercises (For an example see article: Explosive Kundalini Rising in Class Today).
  • Kundalini Shakti rising up and elongating the spine.
  • Incredible feeling of love and desire for your partner (not ordinary lust, alcohol induced or otherwise :-).  Usually comes upon you spontaneously, deep in the night.  Sex feels like it’s the first such experience and the intense feelings of attraction emanate from somewhere beyond yourself.
  • Unfortunately, pain in the lower back, back of the neck and headaches.

Rare Kundalini Awakening Symptoms:

  • Experience of divine light within.  Very intense light, usually pure white and incredibly beautiful.  I call it the Radiation of the Lord.
  • Tremendous vibratory energy (sometimes feels like it’s coming from the inner ears).  Very blissful, but can intensify to the point where it would completely overwhelm your consciousness if you let it.
  • Spontaneous bliss, intensely pleasurable.
  • This one is a bit scary.  Complete paralysis of the body.  Complete immobility and rigidity takes place.  As with the all consuming vibratory energy, it requires some courage to allow.
  • This one is exceedingly rare.  I have experienced it only once in my life, and have only ever read about it being experienced by one other – the master of awareness, G. I. Gurdjieff.  The arms and legs churn like that of a baby.  It happens naturally and cannot be simulated.  It is also intensely pleasurable and quite a remarkable experience.

There are of course a wide range of transcendental experiences, some of which you will find described in the category Spiritual Enlightenment Experiences.  Above, I have provide those that are more commonly associated with kundalini awakening, although many would argue, including Swami Vivekananda, that all enlightenment experiences have to do with kundalini entering the brain region in some capacity.

So if you have experienced some kundalini symptoms as well, please do share them with us below.  I think it will benefit others identify if what they are going through is actually symptoms of the ever mysterious kundalini awakening.


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  1. 466
    Tanu Says:

    I am 28 years old, experiencing strange things since i was in 10th standard.And all this happens only when i am asleep. I have gone through all the articles published by various people here but some have written about there experience while being awake or doing meditation so i am confused if whatever i experience has something to do with Kundalini awakening or not. To list a few things i things i experience, whenever i am in deep sleep i feel vibration in my entire body and my body becomes stiff or in other words paralysis as i try to move my hand but i am unable to and if i try i feel immense pain. i feel so scared that i start chanting gayatri mantra at that time. At times whenever this happens i feel i am flying not very high but just a little above my bed where i am lying and then slowly back. i get scared as if my soul is out or some other foreign body is trying to enter my body and take possession of me. since i am scared i don’t open my eyes to while feeling this vibration and out of body experience, but at times when i have i at times see a coil as if lot of hair entangled together. The next thing that i experience is that when i am awake and lying down, watching television, as if something crawling on my leg and specially left foot and leg, The way heart beats, i feel something similar, a beating feeling below my foot, on my leg, hands, few parts of my body. i don’t know what exactly is happening and this has been happening since i was a teenager. Its really disturbing me and my family life as i recently got married and i am not able to have a healthy sexual life because of the fear that there is some other entity keeping an eye on me and surrounds me where ever i go. Are these symptoms related to kundalini, if yes how do i stop them from happening.


  2. 465
    Ananda Says:

    Hi Anmol,

    I have been having these experiences – not sure if it is Kundalini awakening but thought it might be worth sharing here and hear your thoughts.

    * tingling sensation in third eye
    * towards the end of the meditation, there is pull backwards as if to fall behind. If I gently allow myself, I feel very light and sway like a blade of grass in the wind.
    * tiny little specks of golden orange light filling up inside the head, around the eyes/third eye region.
    * during Shavasana, i visualize ice cold water entering my third eye and passing through each chakra till muladhara – I was able to visualize each chakra as a ball made up of many tiny little golden specks.
    * a little bit of nerve stressed feeling in the forehead above the eyes, sometimes including the third eye and sometimes not.
    * I heard wind chimes and some bells very faintly. I read in Swami Vivekananda’s texts that this is one of the symptom.
    * I often hear very low rumble, like a deep faint thunder – I cannot say for sure if I’m imagining it or not because of the airport being few miles from my house. I tried closing my ears and even though the sound would disappear, the vibration will still be present.

  3. 464
    Mariposa Says:

    Thank you for the article, it’s very interesting and all the personal experiences here are just unbelievable..

    I’ve had an experience once when listening to an audio that helps awake the kundalini, a couple times before I was feeling like I was shrinking and my counscious is in the centre of my chest right next to my eart and above the stomach.. when I think of my brain and head, it is something above.. another time after having that very same feeling many times I was spinning like a storm around myself clockwise and it lasted so long but I can’t tell how much time exactly as I lose sense of time, it was so amazing I’d swear that I was floating and spinning in the air so fastly..
    Another few experiences I had was a strange heat rising from the centre of my forehead especially when I awoke in the morning, like a pulse it gets heater than colder and so on and it lasts for like 5 minutes..

    I have no idea if that’s related to the energy of kndalini but I think it is something very special and unique and it happens to me after meditation but the heat from my forehead is kind of random.

    I’d like to know if someone have had the same experiences before.

  4. 463
    Hari Says:

    Anmol —

    I feel energy traveling up the spine, sensation on the forehead and the area around my eyes, light headaches, humming/vibration in the inner ear (a version of om, I guess) when everything is quiet. Also, I feel sounds from the outside vibrate with the energy along my spine. This happened probably because I started meditating a few months ago. My question is: Why are these energies important? What purpose do they serve? My mind is calmer because of meditation — I am thankful for that, but beyond that I didn’t ask for any of these energies and vibrations. How safe is it to continue this way?

  5. 462
    Anmol Mehta Says:

    Dear Liz,

    Such experiences are so unique and personal that no one can say if they will reoccur for you or it will be one time only. Generally though once this process is begun and embraced, you will have many such extraordinary experiences again.

    Keep up with you yoga and meditation. God is everything. Transcendence has to do with the ending of the ego and the false (which you glimpsed), the energy summoned or released is all related to that.


  6. 461
    Liz Says:

    Dear Anmol,

    Thank you for this wonderful site. I had an experience of a full, and unexpected Kundalini awakening last week. I only found out what it was after the fact.

    I was at an amazing concert, and had had a puff of marijuana (I usually don’t do any drugs, so I have no tolerance of it). I have been doing a lot of yoga recently, as I was aware of a few blocked chakras (diaphragm and throat especially) and was trying to unblock these chakras as a way to release some long held, deep grief.

    At the concert, I thought I was dying. Then I thought I was losing my mind. Then I knew I had lost my mind. And I was like, well, ok, I have lost my mind, and I am just going to embrace this experience (i have a mantra: welcome every feeling that comes– and it served me so well in this circumstance) . Then something started happening in both my body and my mind. In my body, something started to move up from deep within me. It moved up, and stayed for quite a while at my mid back, where I have a serious spinal curve. The energy just hung out there for a while, trapped. Then it worked its way up through my face, and was expelled… it was intense… I was sobbing though I wasn’t making any noise or shedding any tears.

    Soon after, I started having the paralysis that you described. My body just felt the need to get in these strange positions and hold them perfectly– i didn’t move at all, my eyes didn’t move, i was aware that this was strange and thought the people near me probably thought i was trying to be a statue. there were many of these poses (perhaps 3 or 4) and each lasted several minutes.

    While (or just before) all of these physical changes were occurring, I became a part of something bigger… I looked back on my ego/id/self and saw it as something so limited and limiting, so arbitary, so constructed by the expectations of others. I was a part of something infinite and the ego/id had limited my connection to that.

    After these physical and spiritual transitions, I began dancing, though I wasn’t dancing myself. Something else was moving the energy than went from the base of the spine to my mid-back (also where my spire curves). My spine was just being moved, something was moving it, swaying to the rhythm.

    During all of this I was sitting in a chair. When I stood up, I felt radiant light cursing though my spine, but I needed to tilt my head to the right so it could get out of the way. So I moved my head and the light went out of a break between my neck vertebrae (note I had recently hurt my neck during camel pose in yoga). I just let myself be paralyzed for a bit so this energy could move through me.

    Then I could see so much energy from the musician playing, as though God was playing through him. He radiated so much energy that it was painful to me.

    I just wanted to share my experience here. I do have a question. Is this something that will only happen once in a lifetime, once it is released, that is it? or does the energy come back inside of us, needing to be released again? what is this energy? why does it arise? what is the relationship to this energy and god, why does releasing it enable us to transcend?

    fyi: i am still doing yoga, began meditating, not doing any drugs.


  7. 460
    Trupti Mehta Says:


    The following will help;

    Kundalini Awakening Help and Advise artice….

    All the best,

  8. 459
    Prakash Says:


    I am really not sure if this would really be Kundalini or just an asumption that my Kundalini is awaken or something else.
    I always feel a cloud of Hot air that getting collected in my mouth everytime when i mediate and onces it accumulates that entire air becomes cold and passes to my Brain .

    Whenever i am sleeping i feel like lot of Energy getting collected near my Stomach and that energy passes to my by entire body and makes my entire Body vibrate or shaking a lot.
    I just like to stay alone and without any reason my body gets really hot and suddenly i get fever and the next minute i am Normal again
    I also feel that i started having some time of mystic power of selecting the right answers to question although i really don’t know the answers to them.
    I am not sure if this would just be my assumption that this would be koz of awaken or something else
    If sometime in this Blog would suggest me or give me guidances.
    I would really appreciate that

  9. 458
    Ashutosh Says:

    Few days back I had a dream in which a person tells the word Kundalini to me and runs away. Before this dream I’ve only heard the word Kundalini but didn’t know anything about it, nor I’ve had any discussion about it before.

    I have had lots of psychic experiences before. I usually see precognitive and very vivid dreams. Sometimes I also know that I am in a dream and have partial control over my actions in that dream. Not full. Could anyone please tell me how should I interpret this.

  10. 457
    Aldous Paa Says:

    I have experienced this churning sensation as well. In both my left and right legs. At first I did not know what it was, maybe some kind of spasms but they did not hurt, they were actually weird, like my leg had a mind of its own. Or perhaps it was stored energy finding a way to release itself. What was stranger was that this was not the first time I’ve seen this kind of thing happen. My first encounter with this was from my mom. When I was a kid I would sit in her lap, and at one time her legs started vibrate as if there was a ripple of energy flowing through her, she was not moving her legs to make the vibrations, this would be apparent due to large muscle movements in a particular. For her it was definitely different, as if the muscle was moving itself. I asked her what it was, and she said she didn’t know.
    Only now do I experience what it was like; happening to my own body.

    I can also recount 3 very vivid episodes of what I can call high state of consciousness. One was when I was 6 years old (I can still remember the dream in every detail, and the feelings and emotions attached to it). The second one was when I was in my teen years. The third was just recently. Is it possible that these were episodes of kundalini arousal? I’ve read the symptoms of premature kundalini awakening, and I show strikingly similar symptoms. Involuntary movements, stick back, mood swings, depression (I get very depressed), as well as times when my energy level is just really high. I also get vivid dreams and at times become really tired and space out even though I’ve rested sufficiently the night before. I have bowel problems, and sometimes pressure builds up in my head. I have trouble expressing my true emotions to others and I bottle them up inside most of the time thinking positively.

    I’ve only recently started breathing exercises about 1 year ago and the result was this churning of my leg. Is it possible I’ve awakened my kundalini. If so, then is there any way I can cure these symptoms.

    Thanks Anmol.

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