A Four-Module Online Course with Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan


An Inner Path to Shakti


Literally translating to “nine nights,” Navarathri is a celebration of the Divine Feminine (Shakti) and occurs twice a year in the spring and autumn. Although there are numerous stories associated with Navarathri, the most well-known are recounted in the Devi Mahatmyam, a lush text that describes Shakti’s victory over evil. Shakti takes innumerable forms across the eons to accomplish this task, the most famous of which are Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Although the Devi Mahatmyam keeps us spellbound in tales of despair and hope, its hidden power lies in its symbolism since the sequence of events in the text closely mirror the inner transformation on our spiritual journey.

This 4-part course uses the stories of the Devi Mahatmyam to explore the path of nondual realization. We will examine the increasingly subtle ways in which the ego stands in the way of radical transformation, and how to invite Shakti to lead us to victory. The stories of the text will be examined from the perspective of the gunas - tamas, rajas, and sattva.

We will also learn short hymns from the Devi Mahatmyam and a core Navarathri mantra for daily practice.

About Your Teacher

Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan is a Cardiologist and Associate Professor of Medicine at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Royal Oak, MI. She has studied with various teachers including Advaita Vedanta through the Chinmaya Mission, the Direct Path with Greg Goode in the lineage of Sri Atmananda Krishna Menon, Sri Vidya Sadhana with Sri Chaitanyananda and Sri Sivapremananda, Tantra and Ayurveda with Dr. Sumit Kesarkar, and Kashmir Shaivism with Paul Muller-Ortega. 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), which brings together Yoga, Vedanta and Ayurveda to change the paradigm of health and wellness, and Shakti Rising (New Harbinger Publications, October 2017), which is a fresh exploration of the ten great goddesses of cosmic wisdom known as the Dasha Mahavidya. Shakti Rising won the Nautilus Gold Award for Best Books of 2017. Visit kavithamd.com for more information.

Course Includes

4 Downloadable Video Lectures
4 MP3s
Course Readings
10 Embodied Philosophy Credits
10 Yoga Alliance Cont. Ed. Credits


MODULE #1: Who is Shakti?

This module introduces the foundational concepts of the course including a brief history of Shaktism, the origins of the Devi Mahatmyam, and the backdrop against which the stories of the text are set. An exploration of the gunas will set the stage for the remaining modules. We will learn the core Navarathri mantra and the first half of the Devi Suktam.

MODULE #2: Tamas

In this module, we will explore the stories of Madhu and Kaitabha, and Mahishasura, the demons that symbolize tamas. We will learn to recognize them within ourselves as the shape-shifting qualities that keep us bound in ego entrapment, and to invite Shakti to destroy them. We will learn the rest of the Devi Suktam.

MODULE #3: Rajas

This module delves into the story of Raktabija, and his symbolism as rajasic tendencies. We will learn to open to Shakti’s power that destroys Raktabija’s presence in our psyche and senses. We will learn the first half of the Argala Stotram.

MODULE #4: Sattva

In this module, we meet Shumbha and Nishumbha, the most powerful demons of the Devi Mahatmyam. They represent the subtlest of the egoic elements that hinder self-realization. We will meet them in our own minds and perceptions. We will explore devotion and surrender from a nondual perspective, and learn the rest of the Argala Stotram.

You'll Learn About

The Devi Mahatmyam
Shiva & Shakti
Tantrik Yoga Philosophy
Navarathri Ritual and Symbolism

Join Kavitha Chinnaiyan as she explores Navarathri through Ancient Texts, Chants, and Mantra.

Students Who Take This Course Will:

  • Learn how to celebrate Navarathri.
  • Understand Shakti and Shiva from a nondual perspective.
  • Discover the symbolism of the Devi Mahatmyam and to apply it to one’s inner journey.
  • Learn the Devi Suktam and Argala Stotram, two of the most exquisite hymns from the Devi Mahatmyam.
  • Learn to practice with a powerful Shakti mantra.
  • Explore the gunas from a nondual standpoint.
  • Overcome the barriers for progress on the spiritual journey.
  • Cultivate habits and an outlook that encourages freedom from ego identification.
  • Discover the hidden ways in which patterns of thinking and feeling restrict greater evolution.
  • Explore devotion and surrender in new ways that have little to do with religion.

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