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.

Kundalini Awakening in Meditation

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. Preeti
    Preeti says:

    I am feeling very happy a symptoms are very peaceful.. Feeling pressure on my crown..Tilting sensation on my back back.. Energy is flowing in my spine.. Pleasent happy everything is peaceful..I love doing prectise kundali yoga.

  2. Filip
    Filip says:

    I thought meditations were good for me so I have done them like one year, guided ones, since last winter I have this pressure in my head which has brutally smashed my life.
    Unlike you I am not happy with kundalini or what ever it is, this is worst thing that can happen to person and I shall wait several years more this pressure to settle and if not I will have to blow my brain . I hope this new age people that promote meditation are happy now.

  3. Sai
    Sai says:

    I am one of the ‘victims’ of accidental kundalini awakening, which I am guessing happened about six years ago. It has caused me immense discomfort as I had no way of knowing what was going on, I had no idea about kundalini or any such thing, though I am Indian, I never took it seriously. My symptoms were severe.
    On what I am guessing was the day one, after an intense emotional outburst, I was lying on the bed when I suddenly felt my entire back spasm and electricity running all over my body.

    After that during months to come, I developed intense head pressure, like a band was sqeezing the life out of my head! Vision problems, like flashing lights, sensitivity to light, sometimes vision going spontaneously blurry and then coming back again to somehow normal. Muscles twitching everywhere, I mean everywhere! Body humming with a subtle vibration. I underwent numerous neurological tests,mri etc to rule out anything serious, yet could not for the life in me figure out what was going on. It drove me very weak, there was no energy release initially, I was fatigued and bed ridden and mentally traumatized by this new “disease” that overtook my life! Everybody said its all in my head, yet the symptoms were real. And oh yes, I went to a very well respected shrink and he said that I was completely fine and it was just stress, and just take it easy. I was not prescribed any media. I gained about 20 lbs, the weight I could not lose no matter how hard I tried! I was very skinny before.mThe health problems I had in my early teens came back! My whole body remained very stiff for years after the awakening! Stiff and rigid. Eventually I just accepted what was happening as my new reality and got on with my life. After that acceptance, the positive changes I experienced were immense, I grew way more confident, way more alive. People wouldn’t take their eyes off of me telling me I glowed with a light they couldn’t describe. About a year ago, I noticed that I had grown taller, it was as if my spine had become much straighter and I was about an inch and half taller! Then this summer, my third eye started to just pulsate, and the pressure on the third eye area had been unbelievable! A lot of my early symptoms had disappeared and I was comfortable, but for some reason this summer it came back and my third eye area feels like it’s gonna burst open and a light might just shine through. Oh, and I have grown really spiritual over the years, searching and learning about life, God and whatever I can get my hands on. After torturing me for past six years, kundalini seems to be settling down. However there is a resurgence of her activity since past few days, like rush of heat through my spine, visions of indescribable loving things, experiencing immense happiness that can be called bliss for sure, enormous comapassion for all things living or non living. I have grown enormously intuitive, charismatic and did I say beautiful? This is a type of beauty that is not the sum of my facial features, this is coming from within. Everyone seems to be spantaneously attracted to me, feel immensely comfortable in my presence, animals just come to me on their own accord, people stare and come to me and say that I am just about the most beautiful person they have seen! I have only learnt that all these relate to kundalini awakening since past few weeks. I was in the dark for six years!

    • dlg
      dlg says:

      So I think I’m in the throws of something very similar to what you’ve described. Sometimes I glowing. people almost tell me their life story and I’m just at peace with now. some times the back of my neck is torqued out. had MRI. had therapist. same feedback. then I some how ran across this Kundalini word and started to recognize many symptoms. bliss, back archs, feel others energy (torso talk), and a few times clearly opening to white in middle of brain.
      But now i’ve fallen into back of neck, shoulder blade massive tension with no lessening from going in ward. what resolved things for you? what move this forward. I do believe the world is waking up to a new shoreline. my body though seems to be stuck churning in the surf after almost standing up on the energy shoreline. ugh. any suggestions? peace.

  4. Sc00ter
    Sc00ter says:

    Hello, I have a question….
    I started reading a book from Dr. Joe Dispenza Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself and started doing the meditations for about a week now. For the 1st couple days I did his Water Rising meditation for the first 20 mins then went thru the next part which is about 20 mins longer, then as a curiosity I did the entire meditation which is a little over an hour. The first time, I did the entire time sitting but I had a problem being comfortable so I tried it lying down. The first time lying down I did the entire meditation, nothing special happened which I figured, however since then what surprised me was right after the introduction (about 25 mins) and right after the 1st bell, when he starts to speak of the “powerful intelligence within you that is giving you life, which loves you so much” my body starts to tingle then gets really rigid to the point my back arches but doesn’t flow any higher than mid-spine and last about 15-20 seconds and then fades away and I am breathless for a moment. It did it again 3 more times during the rest of the meditation. During the episode which again last 15-20 seconds (which I think), I tell myself to “let go” a few times hoping it will flow up my spine but of the 3 times I decided to do the entire meditation it basically stops mid spine (which arches my back). A couple times it actually lifted my chest and head off the pillow. I let it happen but wonder why it only goes up to my mid-spine and doesn’t flow any higher? I almost want it to “pop” and feel free maybe have an out of body experience or a calm flowing??? Could it be a blocking in the chakra(s) in the area(s)? If so, any recommendations on meditations to clear it? Or if there are another ideas what is going on. I don’t fight it and I let it happen as far as I know. After each episode, I am winded then I catch my breath and continue on.

    All I can say, since I decided to just do the entire meditation I get excited to want to do it again to experience these episodes hoping its a means of something great, but its tiring when it stops mid spine and my body arches and not sure if its supposed to flow up the rest of the spine to my head?

    Any suggestions or ideas or advice is greatly appreciated!

    Thank you in advance!
    In blessing!

    • Maria
      Maria says:

      Hi. I had been doing Dr. Joe’s meditations for almost six month. I did the online intensive and progressive workshops and I can see huge differences in the flow of energy. I would suggest you to do the workshops. The benefits are unbelievable.

  5. ROSE
    ROSE says:

    One day, I had a terrible headache. I went in a car, and I lied down on my back. Has I know how not feeling headache, to remove it. I felt in a very good feeling. This increasing, And I felt at my third eye just like a slide than I could make it go on the left or on the right, but in the middle of my third eye, I could stay in this great pleasure as many as I wanted it ! It was the same feeling than the pleasure of orgasm, but I could “control” it. But I was terribly affraid from all of this. In this situation, you pray, because it if very very strong. I felt like I god, I powerful energy was in me, and I didn’t need no one, I was alone, strong and powerful. I was in this great pleasure during about half of a minute. I put the slide off (left or right), and I leaved this feelin, and I went out from the car, and A had no pain in my body and head during half of one hour. And after that, I felt the normal pain of the body as all of us. But after Twenty years later, I arrive at a sort of door, during meditation, I can feel the great energy behind it, but to acces, you must have a very great devotion. But because of stress of life, It is deficult. Know I can see orgon in certain condition. It is just like virgule light as red, violet, or others. Orgon is energy around us and in all univers. And orgone is vital energy who is in us. To see orgon, you mustn’t look normally. You must look just like someone who is on drugs, or alcoholized. As you looked vagueless.
    From Guadeloupe.

  6. Cass
    Cass says:

    Last night I sort of woke up and was unable to completely open my eyes, I was laying on my belly and I couldn’t lift myself up or open my eyes fully. I felt a presence so I just shut my eyes tight and tried to go back asleep but the tingling feeling between my eyebrows was so intense is was uncomfortable. I just decided to “let go” and let it pass. I guess I just fell right back to sleep.

    I haven’t been meditating at all. I used to listen to guided meditation every day and night over 5 years ago. Now, I read some affirmations daily and try to put myself in the situation I want most mornings on my bus ride to work! I didn’t think that was real meditation but just, positive thinking.

    Am I being pushed to go back to meditation I once I did?

    As I’m typing I’m still feeling some pressure that tickles between my eyebrows and I’m here at work! What am I supposed to do?

  7. rajath
    rajath says:

    The region of third eye is paining immensely . I am afraid to chant any mantra or even do the yoga aasanas i used to know from before. The pain intensifies with chanting any sanskrit mantra (more intensely with gayatri mantra) . I feel sounds more louder and light & colors more brilliant than they are otherwise when can i feel normal again. I’m getting too emotional and irritable at times.


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