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Kavitha Chinnaiyan

Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan is a Cardiologist and Professor of Medicine, and is an initiate in the Tāntrik lineages of Śrī Vidyā and Non-dual Śaiva Tantra (also known as Kashmir Śaivisim) and has studied Advaita Vedānta, Ayurveda, and Yoga with teachers across the globe. Her workshops, courses and writings on meditation, Yoga, Tantra, Ayurveda and non-duality strive to bring these time-honored traditions to modern living in practical ways. She is the author of The Heart of Wellness (Llewellyn Publications, January 2018), and Shakti Rising (New Harbinger Publications, October 2017), which won the Nautilus Gold Award for Best Books of 2017. Her latest book, Glorious Alchemy: Living the Lalitā Sahasranāma (New Sarum Press, UK) is now available everywhere.

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About this course

This foundational course is a must for anyone interested in nondual Śākta and Śaiva traditions, with a focus on the most important practice - cultivating awareness. Ordinarily, we assume that this primary practice "happens on its own" as we go about perfecting other practices such as mantra, mudrā, prāṇāyāma, and meditation. On the contrary, all other practices become exponentially more effective through the cultivation of awareness and sattarka, which is translated as sound or higher reasoning. 

The nondual Śākta-Śaiva traditions provide a systematic method for cultivating awareness and insight through the understanding of the relationship between the Self and the objects of the world, the contents of the mind, and with the self (notice the use of the capital S and the small s in the word "self"). With the progressive deepening of awareness and insight, there is a release of the mass of contractions that influence how we view the world and ourselves. 

This 4-week course will be deeply empowering and transformational through the application of progressively deepening practices, the darśana or the View of the path, and intimate discussion with like-minded practitioners. 

We will work deeply with the Nirvāṇa or Ātma Ṣaṭakam during this course, the famous composition of Jagadguru Śrī Ādi Śankara in answer to the question, "Who are you?" These six verses will become the basis for the exploration of the Self or the Śiva tattva. It is through the progressive exploration of the relationship between the Self and the objects of the world and mind that we will come to rest in the lived understanding of the Śiva tattva. 

The course will take place on consecutive Thursdays - October 14, 21, 28, and November 4 - at 7 PM EST. All classes will take place on Zoom, and recordings made available thereafter. This course will also include handouts, audio recordings of the chant, recordings of meditations, homework exercises, partner work, and discussion in the private course forum. 

Although pre-requisites are not mandatory, at least one of the following is HIGHLY recommended in order to understand the course material. 

1. A reading of Shakti Rising (Chinnaiyan K. Nonduality Press, 2017) or Glorious Alchemy (Chinnaiyan K. New Sarum Press, 2020).

2. Fractals of Reality Self-Study Course.

3. Lalitā Sahasranāma Self-Study Course.

4. Foundations of Non-dual Tantra Course (housed on the Embodied Philosophy platform). 

The Fractals of Reality Self-Study Course and the Lalitā Sahasranāma Self-Study Course are available at a 50% discount for those enrolling for the current course (links will be provided upon enrollment). Please note that there are no discounts for the Foundations of Non-dual Tantra Course. 

No refunds will be issued once purchased. Thank you for your understanding.