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Cindy Novelo: Workshops and Talks

Cindy Novelo Workshops and Talks

CINDY NOVELO - MUSIC, YOGA, WELLBEING

Owner and Founder of Breathe Live Love Music, Yoga and Wellbeing Coaching, Cindy Novelo tours nationally as a professional singer/songwriter, speaker and workshop/retreat facilitator who offers  performances, keynotes, courses, workshops, and retreats in a wide variety of areas, including healing and personal transformation, yoga and yoga philosophy, the common ground between yoga philosophy and Christianity, and cross-cultural understanding.  An ovarian cancer survivor, Cindy is dedicated to helping others become their most radiant and vibrant selves by assisting them in learning how to truly care for their whole selves - body, mind and soul - and to see the beauty, grace and magic in every moment - even in times of challenge. In all her work, Cindy strives to assist others in deepening their own spiritual and creative journeys. It is her deepest desire to help the world find healing through the unveiling of the heart and the letting go of the things that divide.

 A native of Lawrence, KS, Cindy grew up on-stage, both as a dancer and as a musician.  She lived overseas for 17 years, continuing to perform, and then worked for several years in the field of international education before returning to professional music performance in 2009.  Her international experience has broadened her worldview and influenced her music and spiritual understanding. Cindy has performed and/or facilitated workshops and retreats across the U.S., in Europe and Latin America.

 In addition to her life-long dedication to music, Cindy is a devoted yoga teacher and serious student of yoga philosophy.  After over 15 years of study, she began teaching in 2005 and developed a unique 3-credit-hour university level course entitled “The Ancient Art of Yoga: Postures, Philosophy and History” which she taught for several years at Baker University.  Cindy is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) who studied with senior-level yoga instructor Christy Burnette (E-RYT 500) and Emily Darling of Darling Yoga and has also studied extensively with author and yoga sutra expert Bhavani Maki, founder and director of Yoga Hanalei in Kauai, Hawaii.

 Cindy’s healing journey has enhanced her creative expression and deepened her personal spiritual perspective.  She is currently writing a book about her experience with cancer and cancer treatment entitled “How Can I Keep from Singing?” reflecting her unending gratitude for life and the abundant grace found within apparent misfortune.

Please find below a list of current workshops and talk titles. Each can be tailored to your specific demographic..

 

WORKSHOPS

The Heart of Healing: Discovering Your Most Vibrant You


How do we heal ourselves? Adversity can help us to grow--but how exactly do we get there?  How do we find the grace within misfortune?  How can we learn to embrace the moments of darkness that are ultimately a pathway to the light?  How do we unveil the heart to reclaim the soul’s true joy?  Gain practical tools, valuable insights, and a refreshingly positive perspective through ovarian cancer survivor and award-winning singer/songwriter Cindy Novelo as she explores the rewards of the healing journey - and how the gifts that lie within can teach you to become your most vibrant you.


Reclaim your joy, find grace in every moment, befriend fear, and learn how to truly care for and become your most amazing, vibrant, and expansive YOU!


Finding Peace in Turbulent Times


Gain Insight and Learn Tools To:

  • Develop ways to maintain a positive, healthy perspective of current events

  • Release fear and anxiety about the future

  • Uncover the grace and beauty available in every moment

  • Be the change you wish to see in the world


Life is full of challenges - and many among us are finding the current socio-political climate has made life all the more stressful. How can we stay engaged in the world, while also cultivating the peace within that is so vital to meeting each day with both mindfulness and enthusiasm? How can we seek the healing and social justice to which we aspire - both as individuals and as a community - and still maintain balance and optimism?


This event combines music, song, meditation and practical strategies for moving beyond anxiety and worry, identifying the grace and beauty that is around us each and every day, and stepping into a more peaceful and radiant way of living - even in times of uncertainty and challenge.


One Mind, One Heart: Clearing the Path to a More Brilliant YOU


Are you facing life situations you find challenging, confusing or painful? Or are you feeling ‘stuck’ or in a rut? This workshop can help clear your way to a more joyful, expansive and radiant life!


Drawing on practices from both eastern and western traditions - including yoga, meditation, journaling and reflective and group exercises - this workshop helps participants see whatever challenges they are facing in a newer, clearer light. The workshop begins with gentle breathing exercises and a guided meditation to open our bodies, hearts and minds. Then we dive into the rich and practical tools of of a variety of world spiritual traditions. This workshop invites you to fall into grace - as you clear your way to a more peaceful, joyful and radiant life!


One Mind, One Heart: Unveiling the Soul’s True Brilliance (for yoga studios)


Are you facing life situations you find challenging, confusing or painful? Or are you feeling ‘stuck’ or in a rut? This workshop can help clear your way to a more joyful, expansive and radiant life!


Yoga’s true aim is to unveil our deepest souls so that we might see our own and all of creation’s inherent divinity and brilliance. Often our focus is on the physical practice, but it is in the exploration of yoga philosophy that the true gems of yoga are revealed. This workshop combines both, beginning with a gentle 45-minute practice to open our bodies, hearts and minds. Then we will dive into the rich and practical tools of yoga philosophy to help us see whatever challenges we might be facing in a newer, clearer light. This workshop invites you to fall into grace - as you clear your way to a more peaceful, joyful and radiant life!


Exploring Chant: The Yoga of Sound


Almost all world mystical traditions include some form of vocalization or chant that is practiced to assist people in awakening expanded consciousness.  The use of sound in yoga embodied in the tradition of chanting is thousands of years old and is found in almost all of yoga’s various schools.  Whether you are brand new to yoga, an experienced teacher who wants to deepen your understanding of and comfort with chanting, or simply someone who wants to free your own authentic voice, this workshop will bring new ease and enjoyment to this sacred and beautiful tradition.  


Participants will be led through simple and basic sounds, learning to comfortably and easily ‘ride’ the breath, a method that makes chanting both easy and relaxing.  We will explore the ancient sound “Om”, the science and meaning of mantra, and then learn a few basic chants from various traditions, including a few of Patanjali’s classic yoga sutras.  All of this will pave the way to a beautiful and wondrous freeing of each individual’s unique voice and ability to express themselves in the world.


Exploring Chant: A Continuing Journey into the Yoga of Sound (for yoga studios)


This workshop dives deeper into the world of chant, revealing the power and wondrous beauty of coming together with others to experience the true mysticism of the yoga of sound.  It is designed to offer a valuable experience to all - both those who have attended the initial workshop (see description above) and those who are new.  It begins with a review of the elements covered in the first Exploring Chant workshop, including learning to comfortably and easily ‘ride’ the breath,  the science and meaning of mantra, and the sacred syllable OM.  Participants will then be gently guided through basic to more intricate chants, explore Patanjali's yoga sutras, and learn a beautiful series of chants that accompany the sun salutation.


Whether you are brand new to yoga or are an experienced teacher who simply wants to deepen your experience with chanting, this workshop will bring new enjoyment to this sacred and beautiful tradition.  An award-winning musician, Cindy will open and close this workshop with her soulful music, inviting participants into a truly vibratory and resonant experience.


Yoga Poetry


Yoga and poetry are a beautiful combination as yoga opens us up to our deepest expression and poetry allows that expression to reveal itself through the written word. This workshop begins with grounding exercises, then moves through gentle movement and meditative exercises all designed to inspire and uplift. Throughout, participants will be invited to pause to contemplate and respond in writing to what has just been experienced. Examples of yoga poetry and guidelines for allowing creative poetry to flow will be offered as part of the workshop. A beautiful way to combine creative expression of body, mind and soul and the written word.


Sanskrit for Yogis (for yoga studios)


People often ask why Sanskrit is used in yoga classes, rather than simply using the English translations. This ancient language is unique in that it was intentionally structured to move beyond the analytical mind into deeper levels of consciousness. When used, Sanskrit has the ability to take us instantly to a deeper state of awareness, creating calming and opening effects on mind, body and spirit.


Whether you are brand new to yoga or are an experienced teacher who simply wants to get a better handle on Sanskrit pronunciation, this workshop will bring new ease and enjoyment to this sacred and beautifully resonant language.  Teacher and linguist Cindy Novelo will break Sanskrit words down into easy, manageable parts, guiding participants through a series of fun exercises that will help students to pronounce words commonly used in yoga classes and engage them in physical activities that will help to truly embody the meaning of the words.


An award-winning musician, Cindy sees language as music and music as language. She will open and close this workshop with some soothing Sanskrit chants accompanied by her soulful viola playing, to invite participants into a truly vibratory and resonant day.


Sanskrit for Yogis II (for yoga studios)


This workshop offers an opportunity to consolidate the information learned in Sanskrit I, spend more time with the yoga asana, and explore the mythology and stories behind various yoga poses.


EAST MEETS WEST: A New Perspective on Jesus


Could there be a deeper and more mystical understanding to the teachings of one of the most prominent wisdom teachers of all time?


While facilitating a unique course on yoga philosophy she created for a small private university in rural Kansas, singer/songwriter and yoga instructor Cindy Novelo was faced with a challenge; many of her students were traditional Christians who felt conflicted about some of the spiritual ideas presented in the course.  This inspired Cindy to explore the common ground between yoga philosophy and Christianity so she might better guide her students.  This study led her to an exciting new mystical perspective on Jesus and his teachings, igniting and deepening her own spiritual journey - which she shares with participants in this fascinating workshop.  


Through musical sharing and interactive exercises, Cindy guides workshop participants through an exciting exploration of yoga philosophy, the original Aramaic language spoken by Jesus, and historical events that have shaped traditional Christian theology.  Come break your perspective wide open as we learn how all these things bring a new and wondrous understanding to the wisdom teachings of Jesus.


One Mind, One Heart: Jesus the Yogi - The Unveiling of the Soul


Join Cindy Novelo for this time of deep spiritual exploration, sacred music and inner discovery - a journey into the common ground between yoga philosophy and Christianity that promises to ignite and enrich your own personal spiritual practice. Jesus was calling for a revolution, asking us all to see with new eyes - for complete and utter transformation from within. This, too, is the essential goal of yoga - to unveil our deepest souls so that we might see our own and all of creation’s inherent divinity. Jesus gave us parables and stories, while yoga provides us practical tools to help us do so. This weekend will invite you to fall into grace - to discover peace and joy in every moment of this wondrous and sacred life.


The Ancient Art of Yoga: Beyond the Physical


This workshop explores the ancient practice of yoga – a system that goes far beyond the physical.  Many believe they must be flexible and agile to practice yoga, but in fact, yoga can be found in every breath, every thought and every action; there are even some paths of yoga that do not include the physical movements at all! This workshop gives participants historical perspective and philosophical insight into the practice. Participants will be introduced to the different paths of yoga and we will delve into various ancient texts, including the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, as well as exploring the eight limbs of classical yoga, an ancient system offering guidelines for enlightened living with the aspiration of union with the divine.


Note: This workshop is focused on the philosophical and historical aspects of yoga and does not include the physical practice. If you wish for a physical component to be incorporated, this can be arranged, by request.




Talk Titles and Synopses

My Cancer, My Friend: 10 Lessons I Learned from Cancer - and How It Deepened My Spiritual Journey

Award-winning singer-songwriter and life coach Cindy Novelo offers valuable insights and a refreshingly positive perspective as she shares the gifts that were revealed during her journey through ovarian cancer. Cindy was diagnosed in 2010, just weeks after releasing her first CD and as she was on the brink of departing on a 3-month promotional tour. Her life plans changed dramatically at that point, but what at first appeared to be a grave misfortune shifted as she found ways to reap rich rewards from her journey through treatment and the ensuing road to recovery.  From how the experience taught her that times of challenge offer opportunities for deep spiritual growth to the incredible abundance and grace that surround us each and every day - even in times of challenge - Novelo shares the many ways cancer taught her to live life with deepest gratitude, celebration, courage and trust.

My Cancer, My Friend: 10 Lessons I Learned from Cancer - and How It Made Me a Better Business Owner

Award-winning singer-songwriter and life coach Cindy Novelo offers valuable insights and a refreshingly positive perspective as she shares the gifts that were revealed during her journey through ovarian cancer. Cindy was diagnosed in 2010, just weeks after releasing her first CD and as she was on the brink of departing on a 3-month promotional tour. Her life plans changed dramatically at that point, but what at first appeared to be a grave misfortune shifted as she found ways to reap rich rewards from her journey through treatment and the ensuing road to recovery. From how the experience enhanced her decision-making and communication skills to how it taught her to act with confidence - even in the face of fear - Novelo shares the many ways cancer taught her to live life to its fullest and how that has made her a more effective business owner.

My Cancer, My Friend: How Writing My Way Through Cancer Helped Me Heal

In January of 2010, award-winning singer-songwriter and life coach Cindy Novelo traveled to Belize to conduct interviews for a travel memoir she was writing. Quite unexpectedly, the following month she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. This was just weeks after releasing her first CD and as she was on the brink of departing on a 3-month promotional tour. Her life plans changed dramatically at that point, but what at first appeared to be a grave misfortune shifted as she found ways to reap rich rewards from her journey through treatment and the ensuing road to recovery. One of her primary healing modalities during that time was her writing.  She began her second book during this time - a memoir about her journey through cancer entitled ‘How Can I Keep from Singing?’ - in which she chronicles her discovery of the immense abundance and grace that lie within times of seeming misfortune. Novelo offers valuable insights and a refreshingly positive perspective as she shares how the experience taught her that times of challenge offer endless opportunities for deep spiritual growth, grace, awareness and abundance.

The Heart of Healing

How do we heal ourselves - physically, mentally, and spiritually? Adversity can help us to grow, but how exactly do we get there?  How do we find the grace within misfortune?  How can we learn to embrace the moments of darkness that are ultimately a pathway to the light?  How do we unveil the heart to reclaim the soul’s true joy?  Award-winning singer-songwriter, life coach and ovarian cancer survivor Cindy Novelo offers valuable insights and a refreshingly positive perspective as she explores the challenges of the healing journey and the gifts that lie within.

The Way of Yoga  

This talk explores the practice of yoga – a system that goes far beyond the physical, which is only one aspect of this ancient art which aspires to fully integrate body, mind and spirit.  Many believe they must be flexible and agile to practice yoga, but in fact, yoga can be found in every breath, every thought and every action; there are even some paths of yoga that do not include the physical movements at all. This talk explores the basic philosophical concepts of yoga, introducing the different paths of yoga as well as exploring the eight limbs of classical yoga, an ancient system offering guidelines for enlightened living with the aspiration of union with the divine.

The Power of Your Authentic Voice

"In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God.  And the Word was God."  What a powerful statement! What does this mean?  And how does this relate to your voice - your authentic and unique voice?  Singer/songwriter and speaker Cindy Novelo will explore this fascinating topic, relating it to stories in our larger culture and her own personal journey of finding her voice and the healing that occurs as we release our authentic voices into the world.

East Meets West: A New Perspective on Jesus

Could there be a deeper and more mystical understanding to the teachings of one of the most prominent wisdom teachers of all time?  Several years ago, musician, singer/songwriter and yogini Cindy Novelo created a 3-credit hour university level course entitled "The Ancient Art of Yoga: Postures, Philosophy and History” which she taught for four years at Baker University in Baldwin City, KS.  Because many of her students were traditional Christians who felt challenged by the spiritual ideas presented in the course, Cindy was inspired to explore the common ground between yoga philosophy and Christianity so that she might better guide her students.  This study led her to an exciting new mystical perspective on Jesus and his teachings, igniting and deepening her own spiritual journey.  Investigation into the original Aramaic language spoken by Jesus and how this shines light on what might have been the original meaning of many of Jesus’s teachings, as well as looking at historical events that have shaped the Western perspective on Jesus will also be touched upon during this talk.

Lessons from Abroad

In this talk, singer/songwriter and world traveler Cindy Novelo reveals lessons she learned from her seventeen years of immersive overseas living.  Having spent years living in three different countries (France, Costa Rica and Belize) in very different circumstances in each country, and always engaging in deep introspection as she did so, Cindy has formed unique perspectives on cross-cultural understanding and what it means to be a citizen of this country and the world.  
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