Words of Caution
Whenever you meditate, you find that scintillating energy flowing all over your being. This is what Kundalin is. The awakening of the kundalini energy happens very naturally through proper guidance.
—Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar further cautions practitioners not to try searching for some snake or some kind of flower during meditation. These are actually subtle sensations in the body when the consciousness manifests at certain points. People make so much effort to find or imagine something or the other to achieve this, and they go crazy in doing so.
Do not try awakening your kundalini by force. Let it be a natural phenomenon. The energy should be awakened very naturally and effortlessly. When energy rises naturally and through the proper technique, one experiences so much enthusiasm, joy, total belongingness. All these are signs of a true awakening of shakti (energy). You can meditate only when your kundalini is awakened. Whenever you meditate, you find that scintillating energy flowing all over your being. That is what kundalini is. The awakening of energy happens very naturally during Sudarshan Kriya™. When you do the Sudarshan Kriya, every cell becomes naturally awake and alive.
If someone approaches you and tells you, “I will help you awaken your kundalini shakti,” simply thank them with respect and move away. See, when a banana ripens on its own without any outward force, then it is naturally sweet. If someone forcefully tries to ripen the banana, then it no longer remains fit for eating. So if someone tries to awaken the kundalini shakti by force, there are high chances that one may lose their mental balance. Only those who have years and years of practice of yoga and deep knowledge about this are able to really practice these techniques properly without any side effects.
If you use force and wrong techniques, you may lose your mind; you may lose your sleep. Such people are no longer able to function properly in society. We should not do such things at all. It is like how the fuse blows up inside a bulb (due to excess and unchecked surge of energy). When you do wrong practices without proper authenticity, or by just reading books and other materials, then even the voluntary and involuntary systems get messed up. So, you should be careful about this and learn with proper guidance.
Only with proper guidance about the techniques, diet, and rest, does the body become tuned and conducive to experiencing this subtle phenomenon.