Why Do I Experience Unexpected Head Movements While Meditating?

Hello and Welcome to our latest article in Hypnoticgate.com. We’ll explore the topic of involuntary head movements during meditation. As meditation practitioners, we often strive for stillness and focus, but sometimes we may find ourselves experiencing unexpected movements or sensations in the body. Why? Does it because of prana or qi energy?

In this article, we will delve into the causes of involuntary head movements during meditation and offer tips for addressing them to enhance your meditation practice. Let’s get started!

What Factors May Contribute To Involuntary Head Movements During Meditation?

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What factors may contribute to involuntary head movements during meditation?

Let’s check some valid things that might be reasons why you have experienced involuntary head movement while in meditation:

  • Chi energy or qi energy: According to traditional Chinese medicine, the flow of chi energy through the body’s meridians can be disrupted by blockages or imbalances, leading to physical sensations or movements.
  • Chakra imbalances: In some spiritual traditions, it is believed that imbalances in the chakra energy centers of the body can manifest as physical symptoms, including involuntary head movements.
  • Meridians: Similar to the concept of chi energy, the body’s meridians are believed to be channels through which energy flows. Blockages or imbalances in these channels may cause physical sensations or movements.
  • Nervous system: The nervous system plays a crucial role in controlling muscle movement and reflexes. Dysregulation of the nervous system due to stress or other factors may cause involuntary head movements during meditation.
  • Sitting position: Poor posture or discomfort in the sitting position may contribute to involuntary head movements.
  • Breathing position: The way we position and move our head and neck during breathing can also affect involuntary head movements.
  • Stress level: High levels of stress or tension may cause involuntary head movements as a way for the body to release pent-up energy.
  • Amygdala: The amygdala, a part of the brain involved in the body’s stress response, may play a role in involuntary head movements during meditation.

Meridians are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. The flow of qi through the meridians can be disrupted by stress, poor diet, and/or excessive or insufficient exercise, leading to a decline in physical and emotional health.”

– Tzu-tsai Liu

Emotional Release Might Be

It is possible that involuntary head movements during meditation may be caused by the release of pent-up emotions, which can be triggered by past traumas(deep side) or blockages in the emotional body. When we meditate, the subconscious mind becomes more accessible, and it is not uncommon for repressed emotions to surface and seek release through physical sensations or movements.

The brain’s wave patterns also shift during meditation, which may facilitate the release of emotions and the processing of unresolved issues. By cultivating self-awareness and emotional intelligence, we can better understand and manage the connection between our emotions and our physical experiences, including involuntary head movements during meditation.

Related: Meditation as a Tool for Problem-Solving and Growth

“Shaking is a natural healing response of the body to discharge tension and restore balance. It is the body’s way of saying, ‘I don’t want to hold on to this anymore.'”

– David Berceli

How Can We Recognize Emotions Causing involuntary Head Movements in Meditation?

Notice your physical sensations: Look and pay attention to the sensations associated with your involuntary head movements, such as tension, tightness, or a sensation of release. These sensations can provide clues about the underlying emotions causing the movements.

Reflect on your emotional state: Take a moment to check in with your emotional state before and during meditation. Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or stressed? These emotions may be more likely to manifest as physical sensations or movements during meditation.

Related: How You Might Feel After Meditating?

Why Do I Have Involuntary Movement During Meditation?

When your kundalini energy or qi energy awakens, it can sometimes manifest as involuntary movements during meditation; in India called it is known as kriyas. These movements can range from subtle, such as gentle rocking, to more intense, seizure-like movements happen. (this also happens in microcosmic energy meditation) Some people may experience kriyas every time they meditate, while others may only experience them periodically. But, we need to be mindful of that movement and It is important to approach these movements with self-compassion and an open mind, as they may be a natural part of the process of spiritual awakening and self-exploration.

If you really concenter on that movement and it makes you irritable, you can try different meditation techniques, such as mindful breathing or loving-kindness meditation, to see if certain practices are more effective at helping you manage your emotions and involuntary movements.

Related: 5 Techniques to Cultivate and Harness “Chi Energy”

Are Involuntary Head Movements During Meditation Normal?

Many individuals may experience involuntary head movements during meditation called kriyas. These movements are often seen as a natural aspect of the journey toward spiritual growth and self-discovery and release to the blockages energy. There are several potential causes of kriyas, such as physical discomfort, tension, the release of stored energy, or underlying medical conditions. While some people may experience kriyas each time they meditate, others may encounter them rarely or not at all.

Is It Possible To Eliminate Involuntary Head Movements During Meditation?

You can possibly slow down or reduce involuntary head movements during meditation through techniques such as focusing on the breath or a single thought.(it works most of the time) However, it is unlikely that these movements can be completely eliminated, as they may be caused by a variety of factors such as physical discomfort, stress, or the release of pent-up energy.

If you are experiencing frequent or intense involuntary head movements during meditation, you may wish to try different meditation techniques or explore alternative practices such as loving-kindness meditation(which target to the emotions), Taoist inner-smile meditation(best for beginner) or other types of mindfulness practices. Plus, It is also important to pay attention to any sensations on the top of the head, as these may provide clues about the root causes of the movements and ways to address them.

Why Does My Head Vibrate When I Meditate?

If you are experiencing a vibrating sensation on the top of your head during meditation, it could be due to a variety of factors. Don’t worry, it is common and it happens most of the times people especially beginning.

One possibility is that you are experiencing a flow of chi(qi) energy or yoga community called “prana”, which is believed to be the life force or vital energy of the body in some spiritual traditions. This energy is thought to move through the body’s meridians and chakra centers, and it can sometimes manifest as physical sensations such as vibrations or tingling. It is also possible that you are experiencing a phenomenon known as “ringing in the ears,” which can be caused by a variety of factors such as stress, age-related hearing loss, or exposure to loud noises.

Another possibility is that your energy is rising upwards towards the crown chakra, which is associated with enlightenment and spiritual connection. This may be more likely to occur if you are focusing inward and attuning to your inner feelings during meditation.

Related: Exploring the Possibility of Jesus Suffering from Anxiety

Using Somatic Experiencing to Process and Release Trauma

When you experience shaking during meditation, do not always feel like it’s bad. It might also help to release some of the trauma during that moment. Even they called it “Somatic experiencing,” is a body-based therapy developed by Dr. Peter Levine to help individuals process and release trauma.

How does it work? Actually, It involves paying attention to physical sensations in the body and using techniques such as shaking or trembling to discharge stored tension and regulate the nervous system. If you are experiencing a sensation on the top of your head during meditation, your body may be seeking to release tension or trauma through this type of therapeutic tremoring

“Shaking is the body’s natural way of releasing and discharging pent-up energy and tension. It is a powerful way to regulate the nervous system and restore balance to the body and mind.”

– Peter Levine

Can Too Much Meditation Be Harmful?

Popüler believes that too much meditation is not necessarily harmful. Many people find that the more they meditate, the more they feel the positive benefits of the practice. However, if you are new to the practice, start slowly and do not overdo it. Why? Because your nervous system might need to adapt more. Your body, energy levels, and prana (life force) may be shifting as you begin to meditate regularly, and it is important to give yourself time to adapt to these changes. The hara, spiritual center, and nervous system also need time to adjust to the new demands of meditation.

Therefore, starting slowly and building up your practice gradually is recommended, allowing your body and mind to heal and adjust as you go. With patience and consistent practice, you will soon find that meditation can be a powerful tool for well-being and self-discovery.

Hypnosis For Alternative Meditations

If you have those involuntary movement makes you irritate, you can look to alternative meditation techniques. If you are one who may be hesitant to try traditional energy-based practices such as chakra meditation, self-hypnosis can be a valuable tool and easy to follow. Self-hypnosis is a safe and effective way to achieve a deeply relaxed state of mind, which is conducive to meditation and self-exploration. It involves inducing a state of hypnosis in oneself, typically through guided visualization or progressive muscle relaxation(which promotes higher relaxation).

Also in the hypnotic state, the brain produces theta waves, which are associated with relaxation and a sense of calm. The good news is that you can just listen to the high-quality hypnosis audios and try it yourself.

Stress and anxiety reliefYesYes
Improved focus and concentrationYesYes
Increased self-awarenessYesYes
Improved sleepYesYes
Improved physical and emotional well-beingYesYes
Increased creativity and problem-solving skillsYesYes
Increased relaxation and calmnessYesYes
Access to the unconscious mindYesYes
Theta brain wave activationYesYes
Requires a guideNoYes
As you can see, both meditation and hypnosis offer many similar benefits,

However, hypnosis is not always but mostly require a guide, while meditation can be practiced independently if you have experience before. Both meditation and hypnosis can trigger theta brain waves, which are associated with deep relaxation, connection to the subconscious mind and creativity,


In this article, we try to learn about the causes of involuntary head movements during meditation and offer tips for addressing them to enhance your meditation practice. Yet, it’s common practice people experience, and it isn’t afraid of. However, you might change meditation techniques if it makes you irritable.


Hello, my name is Thomas Jackson. I'm from the United States, and I am a trained or qualified mental health practitioner. I have a background in hypnosis, Mindful meditation, Wim Hof, Qigong, and the Chakra system. I also have training in counseling and a strong interest in yoga. As a practitioner. Yet, I am passionate about assisting others in supporting and boosting their mental and physical well-being. I'm also interested in activities such as meditation, mindfulness, and chakra work may be effective tools in this regard. Besides my professional qualifications and knowledge, I have a personal interest in "these" topics and have seen the benefits of following them in my life.