New Age and Eastern Concerns about Yoga and Transcendental Meditation®

Links about the Dangers of Yoga, Kundalini Awakenings and Transcendental Meditation®

The Dark Side of Meditation – A video on, a New Age website, regarding the dangers of meditation.  Many of these same experiences that occur with meditation are similar to the Kundalini Awakening experience that accompanies yoga practice.

The Kundalini Experience: Psychosis or Transcendence by Lee Sannella, M.D. – An early work documenting kundalini awakening symptoms by Lee Sannella a psychiatrist, surgeon, and founder of the Kundalini Clinic in San Francisco, CA.

Kundalini Yoga Dangers on – An article on Lance Armstong’s  Livestrong Website outlining the many physical, emotional, and spiritual complications of yoga.   

Negative Impact of Kundalini Yoga, by Clarissa Adkins, She is a freelance writer and 200-hour, registered yoga teacher

Hidden Dangers of Meditation and Yoga: How to Play with your Sacred Fires Safely.  by Guru, Del Pe, discusses the dangers of kundalini that I have not read about anywhere else.  This book and associated website discuss many of the dangers of meditation and yoga and even discuss how meditating near your children can make them sleepless and hyperactive.  For more information see this page on the “Wise Meditation” website.

“Yoga Renamed is Still Hindu” –  Article in “Hinduism Today,” discussing the true nature of Yoga and how it cannot be separated from its origins.

“New Age Yoga: Old Age Theft and Surrender” – An article by Swami Param of discussing the New Age hijacking of yoga.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS of KUNDALINI Awakening” from the “Shared Transformation” website.  This website article was the first to make me aware of the nature of my experiences after four weeks of living hell.  However, many of my more subtle symptoms started several years earlier.

What are the dangers of Kundalini?” – An article by Dustin on the “” website.

“Kundalini: Awakening the Serpent Power” by Georg Feuerstein, founder of the Yoga Research and Education Center (YREC).

Quotes regarding the Dangers of Yoga by Georg Feuerstein, founder of the Yoga Research and Education Center (YREC).  These quotes from YREC articles outline some of the real dangers that can be encountered during a kundalini awakening experience. Warning and disclaimer.   A warning statement about kundalini from a Canadian kundalini teacher. Extensive information about the spiritual, physical, and emotional realities of kundalini.  See also the Kundalini awakening symptoms page on this site.

Arild’s experience with Kundalini and Transcendental Meditation from the Swedish Kundalini Information & Kundalini Network page.  Arild’s awakening has continued for 17 years and he has been hospitalized 26 times!

Meditation Information Network – A website “supporting the critical examination of Transcendental Meditation®   (The TM® Program) and programs associated with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.”

Kundalini Warning! Investigation and Diagnosis of 76 Cases of Kundalini Arousal”  from the Kundalini Information & Network page. This is an eye-opening summary account of the many dreadful experiences people have had.  Please notice how ill-informed the yoga and meditation teachers are about the effects of this process.  If you think it can’t happen to you, think again.  These are not cheap thrills if you consider potential brain damage, hormonal and other physical changes as well as all the psycho-spiritual effects.

Dancing with the Devil by David Ashworth – this link provides information on Reiki Master David Ashworth’s book about kundalini-Reiki healing.   It presents the spiritual realities and the potential dangers to those who practice this and similar forms of spirituality.

Public letter to Mr. Deepak Chopra” – A public dialogue on the dangers of Kundalini between Marja Savola, the creator of the Kundalini Information and Network website, and Deepak Chopra.  Savola & Chopra dialogue excerpts and commentary by the website author’s page on Transcendental Meditation (TM) – information and research on Transcendental Meditation (TM) and other religious groups by a former TM’er.

Transpersonal Psychology and Spiritual Emergencies:

Lukoff, David, From Spiritual Emergency to Spiritual Problem: The Transpersonal Roots of the New DSM-IV Category, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 38(2), 21-50, 1998.    The web version of the article by David Lukoff  published in the Journal Humanistic of Psychology describes the development of the new DSM-IV category labeled “Spiritual Emergency.”

Spiritual Emergence Network – A New Age referral network managed by the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) to help those who are undergoing “Spiritual Emergencies” including – kundalini Awakenings,  possession, Near Death Experiences, Shamanic journeys, etc.  The Spiritual Emergence network has been renamed the Center for Psychological and Spiritual Health. The CIIS website can be found at

Spiritual Competency  Resource Center – An organization founded by the psychologist, David Lukoff.

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