Our Team

Welcome to Kids Yoga Stories

Giselle Shardlow from Kids Yoga Stories
“Thank you for your support in spreading our message of integrating learning, movement, and fun!”

Founder, Children’s Author

Hello, my name is Giselle Shardlow.  I hold a Masters of International Education with eight years of experience teaching grades K-5 in Guatemala, Australia, Canada and United States.

I am also a certified yoga instructor and have led yoga classes here and there to young children since 2005, the year I started writing these stories. When I was asked to teach my first kids yoga class, I dove into research and was surprised at how few resources there were for a kids yoga instructor. So, I wrote my own.

I have always been passionate about working with children and throughout my world travels, I recognized a great need to address child illiteracy, obesity and stress.

My goal is to write stories that make reading fun – combined with movement, the stories thoroughly engage children as they laugh, express themselves, and stretch their imagination.

I hope that my books and other creative resources for kids are easy ways to introduce children everywhere to how fun reading and good health can be!

My Mission for Kids Yoga Stories is to bring education, health and happiness to young children everywhere.


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Our Kids Yoga Stories Team

Our Illustrators

Emily Gedzyk is a world traveler who draws her artistic inspiration from the places she’s visited and the people in her life. She hopes to continue her journeys to new, exciting places and to teach everyone she meets that it’s never too early or too late to go out into the world on their own adventures. Her work can be found in our kids yoga books, Sophia’s Jungle Adventure, Luke’s Beach Day, and The ABC’s of Australian Animals.


Paul Wrangles is a writer and illustrator from South Wales (U.K.). His whimsical illustrations can be found in children’s books such as Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga MatsMatthew and the Wellington Boots and The Champion Hare.


Since her childhood, Hazel Quintanilla has been passionate about illustration. This dedication to her art has led very talented authors from around the world to her. She has illustrated more than twenty books, and she hopes there will be many more to come. She lives in Guatemala with her husband and their three beautiful dogs.


Vicky Bowes grew up in rural England and currently lives on Gabriola Island in Canada. Her illustrations reflect her love of nature, and she is constantly inspired by the beauty of the world surrounding her. A keen traveler and conservationist, Vicky hopes that her work will inspire others to look after this amazing planet we all call home.


Sam LeDoyen is an illustrator from the UK with a love for storytelling. Through narrative imagery, he aims to captivate the imagination of children and adults alike, hoping to entertain, educate, and inspire. His work can be found at www.samledoyen.co.uk.


Michael Koch has been working as an illustrator for over fifteen years, but he has been drawing and doodling his whole life. He has illustrated picture books for young readers and novels for young adults. He has always loved children’s books and children’s illustration. Michael found several artists especially inspiring, like Dr. Seuss, Chuck Jones (Looney Tunes), Ed Emberly, and E.H. Shepard (Winnie the Pooh). He is also drawn to the classic fairy tale illustrations of Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac. He and his family live in Cleveland, Ohio.


Our Spanish Translator

Viviana Scirgalea is a communication specialist from Uruguay. She has a Bachelor in Social Communication, postgraduate studies in Organizational Change, and is currently working on her thesis for a Masters in Organizational Studies.  She loves writing, singing and composing her own songs. She is passionate about living a healthy life, full of love and harmony between body, mind and feelings.


Our Portuguese Translator

Heloísa Sanches Querino Chehoud is a District Attorney in Brazil. She has a Master’s Degree in Law. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing and studying foreign languages. She loves yoga and is great at dealing with children. She is very happy to be taking part in this project.


Our Russian Translator

Anna Vinogradova is a public health specialist. She holds a M.S. is in epidemiology and Ph.D. in Dentistry. She has been enjoying yoga for a few years. After becoming a mother, she began to share the joy of the practice with her daughter. In her spare time, she writes a blog on her family`s trilingual experience.


Our German Translator

Olga Mecking is a Polish woman living in the Netherlands with her German husband. She holds a MA in German Language and Culture as well as a MA in Media Culture from the University of Bremen, Germany. She is a translator, trainer in intercultural communication, and writer. Olga blogs about her experiences of living abroad, raising her three multilingual children and parenting on her blog, The European Mama.


Our French Translator

Isabelle Barth is French and lives in Ireland with her Irish husband and their two trilingual teenagers who are enjoying being brought-up with three languages and two cultures at home. A translator, blogger and language teacher, she holds a Professional Master in Translation as well as Professional Master in Didactics of Language. Founder of Expat Lang and Multilingual Education Cafe, she coaches families in their choice of a plurilingual education for their children. She has started to work in collaboration with the University of Luxembourg on pluriligualism and multiculturalism among expatriate children.



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