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Awakening your ‘kundalini’ is a big TikTok trend – here’s what you need to know


‘What people do with it now is they make it very shallow’ (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The short answer: no.

Surprised to hear that? Well surprise makes sense, given how common place words like kundalini and chakra are nowadays across social media.

But has the true meaning of these terms become lost amongst TikTok’s spiritual types (who lack credentials)? The experts think so.

In Hinduism, kundalini is a form of dormant energy located at the base of the spine and can be tapped into, for example, through kundalini yoga.

However, the roots of the word kundalini are often forgotten (not enough people note its Hindu origins) and are misunderstood.

Ravi Dixit, an Indian yoga teacher based in London, tells Metro.co.uk that ‘people are misusing the concept of kundalini’.

‘A lot of the things I watch on Instagram, I’m just like, “What? Do you understand what you’re doing?”

‘What people are doing now, it doesn’t make sense for me why they want to awaken the kundalini – what is the purpose?’

One of his concerns is about the lack of knowledge that happens when people are presented with the concept of the kundalini through casual social platforms.

He says it’s not a simple thing to understand or achieve like these platforms may have you believe.

‘If the kundalini is something that’s sleeping, let it sleep. If you don’t know a thing about it, don’t awake it.

‘If you awake it, you will not be able to handle it because you don’t know anything,’ he adds.

For those who do want to practice seriously, it can take around 15 years of ‘long preparation’ that Ravi says needs to be done ‘under the guideline of a guru’.

Certified yoga teacher, Eyal Chehanowski, has a similar view and stresses that it’s not a solo practice.

He tells us the information that’s most easily available to people on the kundalini is ‘upside down’ and that many content creators are ‘playing with something very powerful’.

‘What people do with it now is they make it very shallow, and that’s very dangerous. They’re taking the essence out of it.’

He says that kundalini is the end goal of a big process that in itself is an end point in a spiritual practice – but he believes people talk about it as though it’s an achievable starting point.

When asked if people should be looking to awaken their kundalini, he says: ‘No, they should not talk about it like that.

‘Why talk about it now? It’s the end of the journey. It’s like, “Let’s talk about the end before we talk about the beginning.”‘

Comparing it to learning to do a headstand, he says ‘for 70% of the population it’s not a good idea to stand on their head’ and that if the appropriate preparation isn’t done before attempting it, people risk damaging their head and back.

The same rules apply to awakening the kundalini.

‘The rise of the kundalini, it happens to not many people … You can’t teach it to the public, it’s very extreme.

‘It’s a very long and hard wait to reach kundalini,’ he says while adding that though he believes in kundalini, he’s yet to feel it personally even as a teacher.

Part of the problem around the way these detailed spiritual concepts are communicated is in how white-washed the wellness industry has become.

While Ravi says anyone can practice these concepts, he often sees the authenticity go amiss.

‘What they represent, it’s not the exact things because they don’t study properly.’

Speaking on the content seen on platforms like TikTok and Instagram, he says: ‘This is not yoga for myself, it’s a completely misunderstood concept’.

The other issue that often comes up is one of irresponsibility.

It’s becoming increasingly common to see content creators blend spiritual practices (such as tarot as uptake rises) and make fleeting references to big concepts like the kundalini without giving them the space they need to be explained.

Both Ravi and Eyal say when awakening the kundalini with a guru it is normal to experience adverse symptoms, such as physical pains or psychological issues.

The trouble is, so-called spiritual experts online will tell their viewership that chest pains, for example, are a normal sign of successfully awakening the kundalini.

What if that person just needs a doctor?

Estella, a psychic reader at Psychic Sofa, tells us that those leading spiritual conversations need to consider the impact they have on their viewers.

‘Kundalini awakening is on the rise around the world right now and it is clear to me that social media can push to others that we can have a kundalini moment, without even knowing it.

‘Promotion on social media about how wonderful it is must be looked at by the individual before making any assumptions or putting labels on what it is that you feel you are going through.

‘Advice given where it is put to someone that their heart pains, headaches, flu-like symptoms, etc, are all part of the journey of experiencing kundalini, this can, in my opinion, be very dangerous.’

So is your chest pain a sign of your kundalini rising? Probably not.

And should you awaken your kundalini because it’s trendy right now? Definitely not.

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