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. 491
    Kim Crandall Says:

    hi ted I also get twitching. mostly while meditating. I noticed it in my wrist where i have arthritis. also where i fell and hurt my are months ago. i have kinda passed it off as repair work in process. Have you ever had any problems with your vision or eyes?

  2. 490
    ted Says:

    after my meditation i have been experiencing intense muscle twitching even behind the eyes. i have been having tremors and energy rushes where my body seems to tense up utill they arae gone. the funny thing is i have been able to control if you will in the sense i can make it move to different parts of my body and i can make it come on almost at will. i have been a bit scared when it comes on but now i have gotten use to it for it has been going on for about 2 weeks only happens after my meditation when i try to go to sleep after meditating. if any one can give me answers that would be great how long will it last, will it get worse will it progress to someting better or worse because it has only been getting stronger

  3. 489
    Kim Crandall Says:

    I had a experience I call kundalini rising. I had been reading alot of edgar cayce back in the days befor computers was facinated by his abilities so I read and meditated and read and meditated for hours a day I did have all the experiences you listed plus one overwhelming energy surge. I was sitting in a chair in yoga position and was meditating on Joy finding it in my self and trying to make it bigger and bigger. then it happened. i got a warm sensation in my groin area it came up my legs and up my insides nothing on the outside at all only inside it came all the way up to the top of my head very warm and wonderful feeling but then it got even better the only way to describe it would be to pretend you have a 55 gallon drum of warm water and sombody just pours it out ontop of your head and it flows down over the surface of your body. Outside. It only last maybe a minute but I can remember it like it was yesterday it was 22 years ago. Never did any yoga meditating on Joy. who knew.

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    what is reiki Says:

    You actually make it appear so easy with your presentation but I to find this topic to be actually something which I feel I’d by no means understand. It seems too complex and extremely extensive for me. I’m looking ahead to your subsequent submit, I will try to get the hold of it!

  5. 487
    Crystal Says:

    Wow! Thank you so much for this info. It gives me so much insight on what I have been experiencing lately. Shortly before my grandfather passed a few months ago I was wracked with grief knowing his time was running out. As I cried and prayed, I suddenly felt a tingling and coldness in my scar from a large birthmark on my leg which I feel is a deep wound I brought with me from a previous life. I have felt a vibration there off and on ever since.

    Another symptom that you mentioned above that I have felt particularly in the last four weeks is a strange vibration in my ear canal. My hearing is fine, but when I am absorbing certain types of auditory information, it begins to beat. One morning, I awoke & inside my ear hurt intensely for a few days & kept ringing loudly. I was fearful something was wrong with me, but after reading this I think it is just my body’s way of telling me I am awakening & am on the right track in my quest for knowledge and truth :)

    I have never been big on meditating, but last night I had an urge to try it after reading some similar info about Kundalini Awakening. What happened was amazing! First, I saw flashes of hundreds of symbols that look similar to egyptian hieroglyphics embedded on the back of my eyelids. My eyelids and facial muscles began twitching and I felt energy building up inside my mind. Instead of pushing it into my throat and breathing it out – an exercise I usually do to ready my mind before sleep – I let it build up and then felt it flow upward out the top of my head. Suddenly, I “saw” the energy uncurling in the shape of a cobra and when it had straightened completely, the form turned into a woman’s body with arms extended upward toward heaven. Then it transformed into a rainbow. Lightning shot up and down the length of the rainbow and turned it into stairs that resembled a Mayan or Incan temple. On each step was a cluster of fruit. This felt like a truly phenomenal experience to me, a true “vision” and not a forced thought that I conjured. I feel so much love flowing out of me now, just like the rainbow I saw!

  6. 486
    J.D. Says:

    I have been involved with conscious spirituality since the early 70′s. I’m also a healing practitioner/instructor working with All-That-Is/Source energy and am medical intuitive for years. Last January, I received a Reconnection Healing and didn’t feel much from it other than relaxed. About 2 weeks later, I started to experience spontaneous sexual arousal with some vibrations, and then it was gone. Having been celibate for years, this was unusual for me.

    The day of the Japanese Earthquake and Fukishama, March 11, I started the most intense vibrations from my feet and then through my body, causing excruciating continual orgasms, no sleep, head squeezing & vibrations, muscle spasms in my feet…I felt like I was plugged into an electrical socket and a lawnmower 24/7 (and it’s still happening now…9 months later). I continued to have memory after memory of severe childhood abuse which I had been processing for 24 years anyways…just way more intense. I didn’t even know what was happening and never thought that I would ever have to go through a Kundalini rising since I had been very diligent in doing inner work and meditation.

    Because I have many healer friends, I was and am given support but it doesn’t help much with the continual symptoms. I see naturopaths, and many different energy and body workers to help me through this.

    I had some slight reprieve after 3 months only for it to shot up after receiving two remote healings from some International healers…one making me so sick that I passed out over the bathtub. Thank God the shower curtains caught me or I would have had a concussion. I sometimes can’t feel my feet or hands in being so numb from the vibrations.

    The vibrations hardly stop now that we are closer to the December eclipses, Pluto transit and 2012 energy. I cry and scream often because I feel like I have PTSD again and sleep deprivation. I work with clients w/ total focus and then continue to vibrate. I pray each day that I don’t go into spontaneous orgasms which are not what I consider pleasurable and end up with almost bladder infections because of the intensity. And I continue to process memory after memory while changing associated beliefs. This expedites the process and sometimes gives me relief.

    The only good points are that I never considered going to a mental hospital. I really know how to help myself. I never use or would take drugs. I will feel my way out of this if my body doesn’t give first. I’m so sensitive that my psychic abilities have increased tremendously and some of my special childhood abilities are returning. A few of the Laws of the Universe, specifically the ones I’m most attuned to, follow and speak to me often which actually intensifies things…good channeling material though. I can see their essences along with different other spiritual beings and elementals.

    And in all honesty, I wouldn’t wish this experience on anyone…sorry…this is not ecstasy or in anyway enjoyable to me. I haven’t been able to be very social or teach workshops for 3 months, unable to plan much because of overwhelm. I read what some of you say, and it’s just not my experience. I understand why I am going through this, but it doesn’t make it easier. And so I clear and clear until these earth and universal energies find some balance in me.

  7. 485
    keri Says:

    my own experience with kundalini awakening on a first noticable level was i was lieing down on my bed when suddenly i felt a huge surge of what i can only describe as a electric volt of energy it rushed in through my feet and up through the whole of my body, i had no control over this and stopping this from furthering, as was dragged along with this energy, as the energy continued till it came out the top of my crown i was then catapulted out of my body and was in the middle of what looked like a war zone, i cnt specifically say how long i was out but it felt that i consumed a certain amount of information with this happening, other things i have experienced from my body vibrating, water like trickling down my spine, headaches and severe neck pain (hospitalized for 16days) with no sign of anythink wrong with me on tests and multiple scans, itching, tremendous amounts of energy passing through my body, preasure in the third eye and crown chakras, spontanious o,b,e and increasing messages from spirit ppl on higher vibrations, angels etc……im a spiritual person and do have knowledge now but at the beginning i didnt know what was happening to me, this is just a preportion of what i have had experience over this last 8yrs, i have had spiritual happenings to me since childhood but put them down to experience… i now know why as i continue my path spiritually and physically…. nothink suprises me, i would say always be prepared for the unexpected………….. xxxkerixxx

  8. 484
    S.P Says:

    i think i should start from 10 days ago after 4 months meditation
    ( breath counting )for 20 min daily i just started and after few min i felt and saw with my close eyes such big heavy light start coming from my lower body pass stomach and chest face and head all my body start shake under my face skin movement my eyes some thing move inside them so fast i could not control my body movement ….. i was totally confuse what happening to me ???? …. then i search i came to know more about awaking kundalin energy slow slow wake up make body clean of negativity and toxin for all these years i have in my body . i have head ache, back pain lower part which i could not sleep well of pain then before my had movement from side to side front to back but only for few days now movement so less but pain still there ……. more interesting today is 17 Nov 2011 i had the same ex prince again but this time light same but not much movement only little on my eyes and face .
    my ex princes of meditation :)

  9. 483
    Julez Says:

    I was taking a reiki class. During the part of the class where the instructor prays over you (or something) and blows on your head (crown chakra?)–I had an experience of a lifetime. I could see a horizon, like you do when you look at the ocean. It was darkish, like dusk. Suddenly, a blinding white light shot across the horizon and I could hear my own voice from deep inside me saying, “OMG is is so light.” For the rest of the meditation period of this reiki class, I saw violet colored geometry. I also saw, as if I were a bird–with one eye, flying through the clouds–with the clouds going by very quickly. I have not had an experience as heavy as this again, but I have had many other experiences.

  10. 482
    navina Says:

    hey there, i really do not know if what i’m experiencing is actually kundalini or not.Each time i concentrate and pray,i feel this intense gush of emotions till at times i cry.my palms and feet feels very cold and i would shiver.i would have goosebumps on and off.in a way i feel god’s presence.At times,when i ask questions to him, i get this few answers.are those voices from my instinct,mind or is it really HIM? i really want answers for i wish to bring myself to the right way.i had never been to any meditation classes.i meditate in my own way.what are this in me? is it normal in everyone? im 19 this year and i have so much will to know my athma.Is it normal?

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