Welcome to Kids Yoga Stories
Thank you for your support in spreading our message of integrating learning, movement, and fun! – Giselle
Kids Yoga Stories Founder
Founder and Children’s Author,
Giselle Shardlow, M.Ed.
Hello, my name is Giselle. I hold a Masters of International Education with almost a decade 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, card decks, teaching resources, 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.
I am incredibly grateful for the yoga teacher training that I took in 2005 at Samadhi Yoga in Sydney, Australia, with my teacher, Katie Rose (formerly Manitsas). I’m very grateful to still call Katie my teacher and a dear friend. I’m inspired by her deep commitment to the yoga practice, which you can find at her budding online business, Bhakti Rose.
Katie has been teaching yoga for over 20 years, is an advanced level Jivamukti Yoga teacher, and an Ayurveda Teacher. She is also qualified in Kundalini Yoga and holds the highest possible accreditations with both Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia, and as a Doula (childbirth support person), she teaches for the Australian Doula College.
Katie is a published author of several books, including Mindful Living, published in 2019. She is a mother of four boys and lives with them in Sydney’s super-hip Inner West. As a mother, Katie is grounded in her practices and loves sharing with others how these ancient practices and rituals can be woven into everyday modern life.
Kids Yoga Stories Team
Business Manager, Jenn Aubert
Besides being Giselle’s right-hand gal, Jenn is an author, entrepreneur, and healing practitioner. Her first book Women Entrepreneur Revolution: Ready! Set! Launch! (Balboa Press, 2014) explores the mindset, motivation and behaviors of successful female entrepreneurs and the role models in their lives who have influenced them.
After selling her bustling San Francisco acupuncture practice she moved to Portland, OR and launched a business supporting women business owners through education and mastermind circles. She currently continues her healing work providing Reiki, chakra healing, EFT/tapping, and shamanic healing to private clients.
Jenn joined Kids Yoga Stories in 2018 to support her close friend Giselle in growing the business to its fullest potential and she’s loving every minute!
When she isn’t brainstorming new ways to bring yoga, mindfulness, and energy tools to kids, she spends quality time with her son, husband, poodle-mix rescues Rocky and Lola, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Client Relations, Chelley Blakeborough
Chelley is our client relations specialist! She is one of the lovely team members you will likely communicate with if you reach out with questions or product inspiration needs. She has strong experience in customer service with a background in journalism and mass communications and an emphasis in public relations. She has over a decade of experience promoting events and writing articles for performing arts, education, and fitness. She is wholeheartedly dedicated to clear and genuine service and spreading positivity.
Chelley is an accredited Yoga Alliance and certified group fitness instructor with experience teaching children and adults of all ages for over twenty years. She has experience teaching for elementary schools and various fitness facilities. She has taught many kids yoga classes and has led fitness classes and events throughout the community. She is passionate about improving people’s lives through wellness, yoga, and mindfulness.
Chelley joined Kids Yoga Stories in 2021 because of her love for the company. This position combines her experience with customer service, passion for yoga, and desire to enrich the lives of children.
Chelley lives in Colorado with her husband and two young children. Whenever she gets the opportunity, she loves to paddleboard at the lake with her family and explore the world through the eyes of her children. Yoga continues to align with her deeper desire to stay true to her conscience and live an enriched life!
Social Media Coordinator, Annabelle Humanes
After a decade in the UK and another one in Germany, Annabelle now lives in Portugal with her husband and two children. Annabelle would describe her career as that of a chameleon. She trained as a linguist and academic researcher in language acquisition. She worked in academia for over a decade teaching languages and carrying out research in language acquisition in young children.
When not traveling or eating her way around the world with her little European citizens, she writes at www.thepiripirilexicon.com about being the mother of two cross-cultural children and blending cultures and languages. Annabelle has also contributed to a book on the topic (How to Raise a Global Citizen: For the Parents of the Children Who Will Save the World, DK, 2021).
After a childhood immersed in yoga practice, she credits, in part, her adaptability skills to yoga. Annabelle Humanes wants to live in a world where diversity is celebrated and valued, where parents of multilingual children are never asked to stop speaking their home language(s), and more importantly, where books come bundled with chocolate.
Valerie Bouthyette is an award-winning graphic designer and fine artist, who holds degrees in advertising art and design and is a NYS certified early childhood teacher. Valerie calls on her imagination and memories of childhood to create illustrations that warm your heart and make you smile. She creates in her studio nestled in the farmlands, which she refers to as “her heaven.” Valerie lives with her husband in upstate New York, where she also own a small horse boarding facility.
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.
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.
Lauren Hughes resides in Gloucestershire, England. Her love for the outdoors and exploring nature can be seen throughout her work, with animals and flowers making frequent appearances. Her aim is to inspire and educate people through her drawings, to evoke emotions, and to enhance understanding on many different levels.
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.
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.
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.
Simon Williams is a freelance illustrator and animator who lives in Manchester, England. He specializes in character animation and illustration and has worked on several projects including adverts, logo design and story-driven videos. He has always had a passion for creating art and enjoys helping others in their creative endeavours.
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 Mats, Matthew and the Wellington Boots and The Champion Hare.
Our Spanish Translator
Our Portuguese Translator
Our Russian Translator
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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