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. 480
    Molly Says:

    Hi, about a year ago I had a bizarre experience at a party I hosted which I now believe (especially after reading this symptom list) was awakening the Kundalini. Before this experience I had never heard of awakening the Kundalini. For the longest time I described this experience as a kind of orgasm of the mind body and soul as I experienced complete and utter bliss as well as intensely pleasurable almost overwhelming sort of tingling vibrating energies from my lower back up to my head. My spine was elongated and then my head thrown back uncontrollably and then I became paralyzed and could not move, I am not sure for how long probably only about a minute but it felt like an eternity. through out this time I had conjured up an image of a man I used to know, I could see him so clearly, around him was only darkness yet he was lit up. I felt immense spiritual attraction to this man and felt as if I was one with him. All this occurred after having an intense conversation and then making intense lingering eye contact with a person who had apparently worked with me a year or two before, he remembered me but I could not remember him and the whole evening was trying to recall what he looked like back then and what we had talked about at work. I also felt a strong spiritual attraction to this person and felt intensely connected to him that whole night. What happened in the days to follow….It was the worst pain I had ever experienced. Repressed memories that were buried deep in my unconscious about the man I had conjured the image of flooded into consciousness I faced spiritual and psychological trials that I was not equipped to handle, I was completely overwhelmed, I could not eat or sleep for three days and progressed to a full on psychotic break and I had to be hospitalized. Now as I type this I feel a pressure in my third eye I can push the feeling out of my consciousness when I become focused on the typing but when I think of it it is there and if I pause and let my energies shift deep into my mind I feel light vibrating energies in my face and head if I sit for a while and retreat deeper I can almost feel those energies moving up my spine from my lower back. But this is nothing like the that time last year. To this day I am plagued by the memories I recalled that night. I am seeing a psychiatrist and a counselor, but do you have any suggestions as to how to heal from this traumatic awakening? I want to explore this further, become more mentally disciplined and experience this again with out such intense suffering afterwards.

  2. 479
    Beelu Says:

    I don’t know if what I experienced is Kundalini energy moving, but fromt he descriptions here, it sounds like it might be. I am an absolute newbie when it comes to meditation. Two weeks ago I attended a meditation meeting with a guru from India. There was a lot of chanting, my whole body fizzed, and meditation was very easy. A few days later I sat with a meditation group where again we chanted and meditated (Not for very long, I have not yet figured how to keep my thoughts from breaking it). Yesterday I sat with the group again, and I had rather an unsettling experience.

    After a while I experienced a rather pleasant feeling of having no arms. Then I felt as though I had no legs either, and then no body at all. All that was left of me was a very intense area in my forehead, that was made up of very bright yellow (fiery) light, getting brighter and brighter and more and more intense in feeling. It felt like it was pulling me away from the world entirely, so I pulled myself out of it, and came back to reality. I felt very, very silent, and did not really want to talk or even to move.

    But I now am feeling this great pressure in my forehead, and am having difficulty working, as the pressure builds the more I concentrate. Touching my forehead lightly with my finger seems to help.

    What happened, and what should I do? Is it good or is it bad? Should I stop meditating or should I continue? As I said I am a complete novice at this, and really didn’t think that anything like that would happen to someone as new to meditation as I am.

    Thank you, Beelu

  3. 478
    Steph Says:


    My roommate is trying to find enlightenment. Long story short, he is making a documentary about his quest to find the Blue Flower – or, he is on the quest to find ultimate healing. In his journey, he is now living in complete darkness. He is boarded up in his room with no light (trust me) and he’s on his 5th day. He’s starting to feel sick to his stomach and is worried as to why this is.

    He is being fed, and has availability to the bathroom and showers (still in the dark) and he’s drinking plenty of water. I don’t know much about it, but I know that the brain produces DMT or something..

    You can check out his website here: http://www.ablueflower.com



  4. 477
    samantha Says:

    I think I am going through this. I had pneumonia pretty bad in February. During that time I saw images when I closed my eyes, nice calming images. I feel like spiders crawling over me. I have found god and know he is with me. I have back pain that feels like water running in there. Most of all I feel love for the world.

  5. 476
    Elle Says:

    So glad, I found this site!!!!!!! I am experiencing the muscle spasms all over, chest pains as though the fibers in my chest muscles are being twisted, then it stops after awhile, I too went to the ER they just looked at me like I was crazy. This along with the realization that I am not the personality I thought I was, that I am not the these things or accomplishments I have accumulated… earth shattering indeed…

  6. 475
    Dadibattini Narayana Says:

    Excellent approach to discuss under one banner. I am a practitioner of Kundalini. There are various experiences in my life. Once I went to the period of Shiridi Saibaba who was making alive a dead infront of me. When I asked him how you did, he explained saying that once you forget your own self, everything is taken care by Him. The moment anyone thinks that he has done, becomes an individual and in that the supreme power doesn’t flow. This is the reason, the great saints always be humble and simple.

  7. 474
    charlie chong Says:

    so other people have had experience of kundalini leaking into other people?? my energy seems to be going into my female neighbours and causing some trouble.. i’ve been having metaphysical experiences since the age of 15(32 now)
    the first time i reached spntaneous cosmic consciousness and felt the light and energy flowing from top to bottom inside me was spring 2008 and lasted for about a month or 2.(very pleasurable tho scary and made me very weepy and emotional) ever since then i noticed vibrating in my bed when i was trying to go to sleep. then in 2010 it happened again also lasting 1 or 2 months.. i had lots and lots of visions during this period(i had a few telepathic moments(that turned out to be true) during the 2008 episode as well)
    i ended up in hospital after the 2010 experience after an extreme kundalini session where my body paralysed and became one with the spirit.the room also darkened nearly to pitch black at this moment and was very scary and my heart went out of control.the next day i panic attacked and feinted at work and nearly had a heart attack.
    since then i can feel peoples energy fields ,have a constant vibrating feel above my groin,self ejaculate,leg spasm (baby curve) pretty much all the time as well as most of the symptoms above. i could go on about this all day..this doesn’t even begin to cover the amount of things that have happened or my sleep paralysis experiences such as letting entities climb inside me and vibrating the most i have ever felt.
    all i can say is dont be scared,be healthy and embrace the love!
    i suppose i’m lucky non of my symptoms contain pain but mostly pleasure (sometimes mild discomfort from the groin and obvious kundalini sleep problems)

  8. 473
    Anima Says:

    I have went through spontanous Kundalini awakening a few years ago after meeting a person online with whom I have a strong spiritual connection with (empathy, telepathy, long-distance touch), though at the time, I had no idea it was Kundalini.

    I have experienced most of the symptoms listed, but the reason why I am posting right now is because I wanted to let you know that I, too, have experienced the churning of arms and legs a few times when my soul communed with that of my “soulmate”. Spasms and intense shaking, but not unpleasant at all! However, it got very voilent and exhausting at one point, and it slowly stopped when my “soulmate” willingly tried to ease up the connection between us. It was like I was being raised to a different vibration my body was not used to, and that, along with other kundalini symptoms, were the side-effects.

    Hope the information is of value to you.

    Thank you for this wonderful article,


  9. 472
    Nathan King Says:

    I am currently experiencing many of the common and uncommon symptoms. Most of which at the moment is the back pain, which was to my knowledge not affected in any physical way. I also occasionally feel an intense inner heat at times of mentally stimulating moments as well as meditation. Tonight I went to a meditation class after several years of individual study, and I feel the like the kundalini is being dispersed gradually all the time.

    Thank you,
    and everyone else,

  10. 471
    Ajay Says:

    Hi Anmol,
    Thanks for this website.
    Here are my experiences from the last week.
    I had sort of panic attic from fear of death due some physical pain one night last week and then below experiences in the following three nights. These symptoms have mostly gone away now but here is the summary.
    I was frightened by the experience from the night before (fear of death). I couldn’t sleep in the night, the burning sensation in the front ball of the left foot increased. Suddenly I started experiencing some movements in the chest (left)/ heart and area and arms, particularly in left side. Tingling and crawling sensations upwards. These sensations got stronger as I wanted to fall sleep but couldn’t fall sleep, these symptoms were making me very uncomfortable. It felt like my body was being overtaken. I kept moving my arms and legs to feel that they were ok and this kept me awake most of night. I also kept changing the body positions to side to side, to avoid these sensations and get some sleep. I thought something is wrong with my body that is causing all this. I was having hot flashes and had to turn down the AC. At one point I heard a chiming/bell sound in my right ear and I raised me head to see where was it coming from, I couldn’t find any source.
    Tingling sensations all over the head area as well, particularly at the top. I didn’t get any sleep and all of the above experienced in night only. Tingling in the head (crown) area continued during the day. Involuntarily twitching and muscle spasms in left thigh during day.

    When I looked up for these symptoms online, I came across your website. I am not sure if it was a Kundalini release for sure? At the time when I was having these I didn’t know if it was Kundalini rising. Any suggestions are much appreciated.


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