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Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan

Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan is an integrative cardiologist and author of Shakti Rising (New Harbinger/ Non-Duality Press, October 2017) and The Heart of Wellness (Llewellyn, January 2018). She combines cutting-edge technology with ancient wisdom in her approach to healing and wellness, and teaches a variety of techniques to heal, find joy and bliss, and ascend to higher levels of consciousness. She is co-teaching The Direct Path and Tantric Embodiment Course with Michael A. Rodriguez.

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About this Course

This course will consist of a clear explanation, and an invitation into the experience of, the Direct Path to spiritual awakening. 

The Direct Path begins where the progressive path purports to end: with a simple recognition of the timeless presence of boundless awareness. 

Once that has been recognized as one’s true Self, which need not take long, the process of integration and embodiment begins. Throughout this process, one realizes that awareness is not only empty, spacious, and transcendent but that it’s immanent in and as the felt, vibrational sense of the body, the mind, and the world. 

This tantric understanding collapses the separation between awareness and experience and reveals life to be what it always was: pure radiation from a dimensionless source of infinite Intelligence and boundless Love. Then the body becomes what it was meant to be: pure, vibrant, flowing aliveness--undivided, undefended sensitivity, innocence, love, affection, and intimacy. 

The course will consist of:

  • 4 live classes with Kavitha and Michael
  • Discussion board

  • Guided Meditations

  • Take-home exercises

  • Supplementary reading material

  • Access to course content for 3 months after the course ends

Class Timings:

Classes will take place on June 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2018.

All classes will meet from 1 pm-3pm Eastern Time (10am-12pm Pacific Time or 6pm-8pm UK time) via Zoom

Required reading:

  1. Boundless Awareness: A Loving Path to Spiritual Awakening and Freedom from Suffering by Michael A. Rodriguez

  2. The Radiance Sutras: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Wonder and Delight by Lorin Roche

Suggested reading for those interested in the Shiva-Shakti path:

    Shakti Rising by Kavitha Chinnaiyan

Additional Recommended Reading:

Standing As Awareness by Greg Goode

The Direct Path: A User Guide by Greg Goode

Prerequisite: It is important that participants come into the course with at least a basic knowledge of non-duality in general and of the Direct Path in particular.

Course Teachers

Michael A. Rodriguez is a spiritual teacher who works with people in meetings, retreats, and private sessions on a full-time basis in the United States and abroad. He holds four academic degrees, including a master’s degree in comparative religion from Harvard and a PhD in English literature from Florida State University. He has taught at the university level for well over a decade and has lived long-term in two monasteries. Drawing always from his direct experience, Michael illuminates the undivided nature of Life or Consciousness with great clarity and compassion, pointing to reality in a way that is free from dogma, ritual, or adherence to any particular tradition. He draws skillfully from the world’s wisdom traditions and also integrates Jungian psychology, literature, music, and art into his work to address the full range of human potential. All his work, including his interviews, can be accessed via his website:

Kavitha Chinnaiyan is an integrative cardiologist, meditation teacher, tantrika, and author of Shakti Rising and The Heart of Wellness. She combines her cardiology expertise with Eastern wisdom teachings in her approach to healing. She has studied with teachers across the globe including the Direct Path, Sri Vidya Sadhana, Tantra and Ayurveda, Advaita Vedanta and Kashmir Shaivism. Her workshops, courses, and writings strive to bring these time-honored traditions to modern living in practical ways. Find her workshops, upcoming talks, past interviews and online programs on