Welcome to Svatantra (Svah-tun-trah) Institute, the hub for radical self-discovery. 

This is the hub for the blend of cutting-edge science and ancient wisdom to enable your journey to YOU and for the map that is YOUR unique life. Slicing through useless concepts and impractical philosophy, here you will find data and techniques that can be applied immediately in the nooks and crannies of your life to:

  • overcome stagnation and procrastination
  • discover true authenticity and self-acceptance
  • deepen intimacy in relationships
  • find joy in day-to-day life
  • achieve deeper and higher states in meditative practices
  • learn to apply the concepts of Yoga, Tantra, Āyurveda, Vedanta and nonduality in practical ways
  • understand the interconnectedness of modern science, medicine, technology and the wisdom of the Eastern traditions
  • begin to live your best life


“Svatantra (sva-tun-trah) is a Sanskrit word that means many things: independence, independent, self-willed, absolute…

Svatantra refers to the discovery of one's own true nature that is free of external factors including relationships, social/cultural/gender and other characteristics that ordinarily form our identity. When we see through our dependency on all external factors that make up who we think we are, we come into our most authentic and real self.

Svatantra is the goal of radical self-discovery through understanding, digesting and earnestly applying the simplified concepts from Eastern traditions. Svatantra is only possible when we become willing to not use these concepts to bypass pain or hardship but to sincerely understand the cause of our suffering. 



VakMap™ is Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan's proprietary algorithm of assessing an individual's unique vibratory resonance based on the Tāntrik principles of sound and energy, forming the basis for individualized guidance for practical applications of lifestyle, mantras and their use, self-inquiry and other practices. 


This 12-part self-paced course is a necessary introduction to the path of nondual Tantra. Each part consists of a short lesson describing one of the fundamental tenets of Tantra.


Dive deep into the key aspects of the Tantric darsana (worldview) as it applies to practical living. 


This 10 day retreat will supercharge your practice through profound meditation techniques and rituals, leading to higher states of consciousness and enabling deep exploration of the great goddess Kālī.


The thousand names of Lalitā Devī contain all the secrets of the universe!


Glorious Alchemy sets forth a road map of unparalleled clarity to negotiate this esoteric and highly uplifting spiritual knowledge. Until now, this knowledge has not been available to all because ancient seers have chosen to keep it hidden in coded language, whereby it unfolds in a gradual, steady sequence.

Sri Chaitanyananda Natha Sarasvati, Sri Rajarajeswari Pitham, Rush, NY

This book [Shakti Rising] is filled with marvelous paradoxes–it unites both progressive and direct spiritual paths, and although rooted in rich and arcane Vedic imagery, it remains perfectly accessible and simple to apply. Above all, Kavitha has somehow captured the quintessence of a timeless wisdom and brought it down from the mountaintops for us all to learn from. I bow to both the author and the teaching.

Richard Rudd, author of Gene Keys, and founder of

Once in a generation a book appears that defines a new paradigm in its field. The Heart of Wellness is that book for our generation.

Joel K. Kahn, MD, FACC, clinical professor of medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine and author of The Plant-Based Solution (Sounds True, 2018)

To me, this book [Glorious Alchemy] is almost beyond praise. Stunning in its perfectly balanced blend of clarity, precision, concision, erudition, and accessibility, it is simply the best book on the Lalitā Sahasranāma in the English language. This book is not merely informational, however: it is designed to have maximum impact on your spiritual life, and if you take the abundant guided meditations in this sublime work into deep practice, you may experience radical opening and transformation. Especially if you are a lover of the Goddess, this book could become the primary touchstone of your spiritual life.

Christopher (Hareesh)Wallis, M.Phil., PhD, author of Tantra Illuminated and The Recognition Sutras

The Heart of Wellness details how the body can be an ally to self-inquiry, not an impediment. I recommend this unique book, whether your interest is physical health or spiritual enlightenment, or both.

Dr. Greg Goode, PhD, author of After Awareness, The Direct Path, and Standing as Awareness

Provides a welcome paradigm shift in how we approach health, wellness, chronic disease, and for that matter, life.

Barry A. Franklin, PhD, FACSM, MAACVPR, FAHA, director of Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation at William Beaumont Hospital

Kavitha Chinnaiyan is a gifted and insightful scholar-practitioner. Her book is original, practical, and rooted in her deep understanding of the yoga and tantric traditions. Kavitha brings new wisdom to the mystery of the Mahavidyas, the feminine energies of transformation. Highly recommended.

Sally Kempton, author of Awakening Shakti

Simply beautiful! I wholeheartedly recommend this monumental work on Sri Vidya.

Om Swami

Meet Dr. Kavitha Chinnaiyan

Dr. Chinnaiyan is a Cardiologist, physician-scientist and Professor of Medicine, a wife, and a mother. She has published extensively and serves on various committees and organizations in cardiology and cardiac imaging.

An initiate in Śrīvidyā and nondual Śaiva Tantra, she is a disciple of Śrī Caitanyananda Natha Saraswati (Haran Aiya) and has studied Tantra, Advaita Vedanta, Yoga and Āyurveda with teachers across the globe. Known for her clear, humorous and incisive teaching style, she makes time-honored traditions practically accessible through the amalgamation of science, biology, technology and esoterism.  

She is the author of Shakti Rising (2017), which won the Nautilus Gold Award for Best Books of 2017, The Heart of Wellness (2020), Glorious Alchemy: Living the Lalitā Sahasranāma (2020), and Fractals of Reality: Living the Śrīcakra (2022), which won the Nautilus Gold Award for Best Books of 2023.


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