Lukoff, David Ph. D. Spiritual Competency Resource Center.
Lesson 3.1 Spiritual Emergence. Kundalini

“Kundalini is a complex physio-psychospiritual transformative process described in the Yogic tradition. Kundalini energy is presumed to reside at the base of the spine. When aroused, it can rise through the chakras (psychic centers situated along the spine from the tailbone to the top of the head), creating physical symptoms ranging from sensations of heat and tremors to involuntary laughing or crying, talking in tongues, nausea, diarrhea or constipation, rigidity or limpness, and animal-like movements and sounds. Kundalini awakening can resemble many disorders, medical as well as psychiatric. The physical nature of the symptoms can mimic conversion disorder, epilepsy, lower back problems, multiple sclerosis, heart attack or pelvic inflammatory syndrome. The emotional reaction to the awakening of Kundalini can be confused with disorders involving anxiety, depression, aggression, and organic syndromes. A variety of spiritual practices, including meditation and hatha yoga, can bring it on, and it can also occur.”