All it takes is knowledge, willingness, and practice to awaken your kundalini. So, why doesn’t everyone do it?
The best answer is that this powerful energy only activates at the right time within a soul’s journey. Therefore, the knowledge and willingness to start the practice of kundalini awakening will never manifest until the person is ready.
Once you are ready, you will know because it literally won’t be difficult—it will feel like you are on your true path.
Read on to discover the process of how kundalini awakening works in three stages.
Stage 1: The Study of Kundalini
The first of the kundalini awakening stages is knowledge or the study of kundalini.
Most people have never heard of the definition of kundalini yoga or of its awakening process. So, if you are reading this article it means that you are beginning your journey here.
Kundalini Awakening Definition
Kundalini energy is the force of the divine feminine (shakti) that grounds us to Earth in physical form. Awakening this energy starts a process of ascension from within the body in the form of energetic fields. In physics, these are called electrons, however, their capacity as spiritual catalysts is widely hidden from public knowledge.
This is where your chakras and nadis (or energy centers and energy pathways) come into play. Think of these two terms as storage centers (chakras) and roadways (nadir) for charged electrons—or prana in the spiritual sense—to move throughout the body in the form of electricity—or energy in spiritual terms.
Clearing Nadis and Chakras
There are three main nadis (out of 72,000 total): the ida (left side), pingala (right side), and sushumna (center). Nadis’ paths must be clear and evenly active in order to move kundalini energy up from the base of the spine through each chakra to the crown chakra.
Meeting at the Ajna chakra (third eye) along the sushumna, ida and pingala open up a new portal of awareness. Once this awareness is achieved, a kundalini awakening occurs by energy releasing from the crown.
Here, you enter into a state of bliss by experiencing the divine union of Heaven (purusha) and earth (prakriti) or in Hindu philosophy Shakti and Shiva (feminine and masculine).
The theory of the Law of One tells us that we are all part of the same source. Therefore, we are literally one entity, split into multiple physical forms to experience an awakening. We do this through the creation of prakriti and the personas we play within conscious reality.
Uniting with purusha, the physical body and mind merge with the spirit of our higher self. This is the goal of yoga called samadhi.
Preparing the Mind
Knowing the definition of kundalini awakening and its movement doesn’t mean it will all make sense. That’s why this is a lengthy first step.
You may read about this subject, like I did, for the sake of knowledge for years. This is normal as you must first prepare your mind for the journey ahead.
That brings us to the next stage as your desire or willingness for union emerges.
Stage 2: Willing to Change
I’d say the hardest part of a kundalini awakening is the release from what some people call the matrix. For kundalini to rise you accept that your current life will most likely fall apart. Out of destruction comes creation.
Therefore, to awaken the part of you that is dormant, you must first be willing to put your old self to rest. What does this mean exactly? I’ll go into more detail next.
Refusal to Follow the Norm
Much of your willingness to change will stem from your need to go outside what is expected or what is perceived as normal.
This can be hard for some people at the beginning. That is because it takes courage to walk away from security and familiarity. But, in yoga, this is a necessary part of the awakening process called Tapas.
Going out of your comfort zone forces you to find yourself and your purpose in life. It lifts veils of forgetfulness, allowing you to remember your divinity.
With divinity comes self-worth. This new version of you would never waste this magnificent life—it wants to experience, grow, and thrive.
A transformation of perception reveals the power of your mind to manifest desires and survive without the confines of the matrix.
Finding your Soul Path
So, where does this lead you, and how does it connect to kundalini energy?
In a kundalini awakening, you will notice a natural magnetism—a calling to do something for a greater purpose other than financial security.
A leap of faith is a spark that tells your soul that you are ready for kundalini to awaken. So, when you step onto another timeline or life path your energy feels the difference and inner vibrations change.
Let’s explore what your body, mind, and soul need once you realize the time has come for kundalini to rise.
Side Note: Be aware that a Kundalini awakening doesn’t happen the same way for everyone. You may be going through an awakening and only then stumble upon some knowledge about it. However, once you gain this knowledge you can then move forward in a more meaningful and pleasurable manner.
Stage 3: Practice and Patience
Once you realize what is happening to you, you may declare that your kundalini is awake to the world or you may quickly try to awaken it. However, this is the time for patience, reflection, and dedication.
Keep your experience to yourself for two reasons: it is a unique process, so many people won’t understand and it can hinder your progress.
In yoga, your siddhis or psychic abilities should always remain secret to avoid persecution. With power comes responsibility so no one is given any ability that they don’t deserve or know how to use.
I mention siddhis because as your kundalini rises the capacity of your mind and body will increase. So, it is important to remain humble, kind, and discreet. The change occurs within because it is a personal ascension, not a public one.
With this in mind, let’s talk about the practice of a kundalini awakening.
Asanas for Kundalini Awakening
Most people will be aware of certain asanas to awaken kundalini. However, it is important to understand why we do asana practice.
Let’s return back to nadis and chakras. They are the highlights of asanas as the aim is to open and clear these centers and channels.
So, if you feel certain chakra blockages it may help to first do specific asanas to clear these areas before trying to move kundalini out of the muladhara (root chakra).
Directing Prana for Kundalini Movement
In conjunction with asanas, pranayama (breathing exercises) and bandhas and mudras (locks and gestures) are used to move prana and lock energy throughout the body.
You can also use these two practices in mediation or on their own.
The role of pranayama in a kundalini awakening is the ability to synchronize the left (ida) and right (pingala) main nadis and activate the center nadi (sushumna). Use nadi shodhan (alternative nostril breathing) practice to strengthen both nadis while bringing prana to all chakras along the sushumna.
Locks are another way to direct prana using our body. You can use locks like mudras (hand gestures) or full body-locks (bandhas). These technics trap the energy or recirculate energy in certain areas to cleanse and activate chakras while removing blockages.
Practicing asanas, pranayama, and locks prepare you for meditation—when kundalini will ultimately rise.
Meditating on Kundalini
Once the body is clear of blockages and the chakras are active, you can begin meditation. Many kundalini meditations are available and are very similar as they direct energy from the root to the third eye.
Imagining kundalini unwinding like a coiled serpent awakening is very helpful. Then move to each chakra using appropriate mantras and color imagery. Do this slowly and intentionally.
The prana in the ida and pingala nadis will rise up the sushumna and meet at the ajna chakra. This meeting will open up a final portal of awareness that acts as a gateway between the physical and spiritual realms.
Karma Yoga as an Attitude
You can do as much mediation and asanas as your heart desires, but if you go back to a stressful, habitual, negative life after these practices then kundalini will never rise fully, only temporarily or partially.
Karma yoga is your attitude and how you handle life’s situations. A karmic mind has transcended duality and treats each circumstance without reaction. It is a neutral state of being. The mind is at rest while the body performs the necessary duties to align with the divine.
These karmic actions are a larger part of the law of karma or causation. It simply means that for every action there is an effect.
When on a path toward awakening kundalini all actions must be aligned with yogic practice and principles with an end result of union. However, this must be completed in a natural way without a struggle.
Karma yoga may also be explored unintentionally in stage one and as a result, you gain knowledge about kundalini awakening.
The Purpose of a Kundalini Awakening
We know that the result of a kundalini awakening is union with source, but you might ask why is union important?
Life is suffering for a reason and if you suffered enough then your only quest will be to end it. The only way to end suffering is to end the karmic life cycle. And the only way to end the cycle is to unite with the source through ascension of the soul within physical form.
This is why you are here and your last life will be one where you awaken your kundalini.