official bio

Owner and Founder of Cindy Novelo Music, Wellbeing & Yoga, 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, mindfulness and meditation teacher (RYT 200) with a particular interest in yoga philosophy.  She began teaching in 2005 and is creator of a unique 3-credit-hour university level course entitled “The Ancient Art of Yoga: Postures, Philosophy and History.”  Cindy 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.


accomplishments

Yoga & wellbeing

  • Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher - 2005-present

  • Mindfulness Meditation Teacher - 2018-present

  • Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness (MAM) member - 2017-present

  • Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP) Silent Meditation Retreat w/James Baraz, Leslie Booker, Konda Mason, Solwazi Johnson, Dawn Mauricio, La Sarmiento, and Sebene Selassie - 2019

  • The Art of Inquiry in the Mindfulness Teaching Process workshop w/Tracy Ochester, PsyD - 2018

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) workshop w/Angie Hardage, LMLP - 2018

  • The Power of Awareness mindfulness & meditation training w/Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach - 2018

  • How to Teach Beginners yoga teacher training retreat w/Max Strom - 2017

  • Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness Incubation Team member - 2017

  • Make Your Mark life coaching program w/Krista Martin - 2017

  • Yoga Teacher Training and Certification (RYT 200) w/Emily Darling and Christy Burnette - 2014

  • Yoga Teacher Training w/Bhavani Maki (120 hours) - 2010-2012

  • The Ancient Art of Yoga: History, Philosophy and Asana university course, Author/Creator/Instructor - 2005-2009

Music

  • Nationally touring singer-songwriter | musical artist, 2009-present (see Music Press section for more info)

  • Private Music Teacher - 2010-present

  • Principal Violist - Lawrence Community Orchestra - 2017-2019

  • 'Meditation' CD release - 2015

  • Oread Strings Quartet, Violist - 2012-2015

  • 'Stone's Throw' CD Re-Release - 2013 (original release 2009)

  • Winner, NewSongs Showcase, Walnut Valley International Flatpicking Championships - 2012

  • Proyer String Quartet - 2003-2006

  • Assistant Principal Violist, National Symphony of Costa Rica - 2002-2006

  • Viola Performance Studies, Conservatoire de Musique, Bordeaux, France - 1978-80

  • Viola Performance Studies, University of Kansas - 1976-78; 1980-81

more

  • Lawrence Interfaith Refugee and Immigrant Ministry (LIRIM) Executive Committee Member - 2017-present

  • Director of Study Abroad, International and Disability Services, Baker University - 2005-2009

  • President, Kansas Association for Higher Education and Disability - 2006-2008

  • Owner, Island Designs Boutique and Gift Shop, Caye Caulker, Belize - 1991-99

  • Study Abroad Advisor, University of Kansas - 1987-89

  • BA, French Language and Culture, University of Kansas - 1981

  • Certificate of Political Studies, Institut d'Etudes Politiques, University of Bordeaux, France - 1980


Cover photo by Luna Ellis (Vinland, KS)