What Triggers A Kundalini Awakening?

A Kundalini awakening can be an incredibly intense and life changing experience. If you’re currently experiencing or want to experience a kundalini awakening, you likely want to know how it can become activated in the body.

Kundalini can become activated in many ways. The most common ways that a Kundalini awakening begins is through spiritual practices such as pranayama and yoga. Kundalini can also become active spontaneously or by working with a spiritual master who is familiar with Kundalini.

What is Kundalini?

Kundalini is a divine bodily energy that lays dormant at the base of the spine. A Kundalini awakening is when this energy becomes activated and rises up through the chakras.

In Hindu philosophy Kundalini energy is symbolized by a serpent coiled at the base of the spine ready to spring up into the body.

The activation of Kundalini causes several drastic emotional, physical, & spiritual changes in the individual. The experience is often described as intense and problematic for people who don’t know what Kundalini is.

What Causes a Kundalini Awakening

Many different factors contribute to how and when your Kundalini awakens. Here are some of the most common things that can trigger a Kundalini awakening.

1. Spiritual Practices

There are several different spiritual practices that have been known to cause a Kundalini awakening.


Pranayama is a spiritual breathing technique. A form of pranayama combined with visualization is what caused my Kundalini awakening in early 2023.

The most common pranayama practiced to activate Kundalini is called The Breath of Fire which involves rapid and rhythmic breathing with a focus on the lower belly.


Deep and prolonged meditation sessions can sometimes cause your Kundalini to awaken.

Meditation can help balance your chakras, relax the body, and hone your focus. All of these are things that can aid in the process of awakening Kundalini.

Specific types of meditations combined with visualizations, breathwork, & mantras can cause your Kundalini to awaken.


The yoga I’m referring to here is not the exercise positions commonly practiced in the United States. Yoga in the Hindu tradition refers to a set of spiritual practices that are for the purpose of helping the practitioner grow spiritually and awaken.

There are dozens of different types of yoga that can be practiced, too many to all be listed here. In fact pranayama and meditation listed above are forms of yogic practice.

These different yogic practices can lead to the awakening of your Kundalini.

2. Energy Transference

A spiritual master or guru can cause your Kundalini to awaken via energy transference.

When a guru causes an awakening in a student or individual simply by touching or focusing their energy through you it is known as Shaktipata.

A master can do this by guiding your Kundalini energy up your body through the chakras with special advanced techniques.

3. Spontaneous Awakening

Sometimes Kundalini can become activated spontaneously. There may not be a specific reason that you’re aware of that triggers the Kundalini awakening.

It’s also possible that life changes or deep inner changes can cause this energy to become activated. This can make it seem spontaneous even though there were external and internal changes that triggered the Kundalini.

When Kundalini spontaneously arises it can catch unsuspecting people off guard.

How To Tame Your Kundalini

How To Handle An Unexpected Kundalini Awakening

Mishandled Kundalini awakenings can be traumatic, damaging, and deeply unpleasant. When or if your Kundalini awakens you should know how to properly handle it.

When Kundalini awakens it will cause several physical, emotional, and spiritual symptoms including:

  • shaking
  • shivering
  • convulsing
  • fear
  • anxiety
  • bliss
  • pleasure
  • warmth in the body
  • vivid consciousness

When this occurs it’s important that you know what to do with it.

Surrender to the energy

The first thing you need to do when this energy awakens in you is to find somewhere quiet to lay down. You need to completely surrender to this experience.

Kundalini energy will rise through the chakras, clearing out any blocked chakras. This process can cause shaking and shivering. This shaking will only get worse if you resist. Allow the Kundalini to flow through you.

Grounding exercises

After your initial awakening of Kundalini energy, you will be likely be highly sensitive. It’s almost like you had a little bit too much caffeine and your consciousness is extra sensitive and aware.

To bring you back down to earth you can practice certain grounding exercises such as:

  • basic mindfulness
  • exercise
  • yoga
  • walking in nature

These exercises will balance out the effects of increased energy being held in your body from a Kundalini awakening.

Wrapping up

Kundalini is a very powerful spiritual energy that can cause drastic changes in mind and spirit. Kundalini becomes awakened when certain spiritual techniques such as meditation, pranayama, and visualization are practiced. A guru or spiritual master can also awaken Kundalini and help you process the experience properly. Once it awakens, it’s important to surrender to it, allow it to flow through you, and practice grounding exercises to balance out its effects.

Hi, I’m Ryan. I’m a meditation teacher, spiritual seeker, and founder of nurtureyourspirit.org. I’m glad you’re here! I founded Nurture Your Spirit because of my love of meditation, spirituality, and spiritual awakening.

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