Our Team

FOUNDER, CHILDREN’S AUTHOR, AND CEO
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.

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER, 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.

Jenn joined Kids Yoga Stories in 2018 to support her close friend Giselle in growing the business to its fullest potential and she’s been loving every minute! 

When she isn’t brainstorming new ways to bring yoga, mindfulness, and energy practices to children, she spends quality time with her son, husband, poodle-mix rescues Rocky and Lola, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER, 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. 

 

COMMUNITY COORDINATOR, CASSANDRA TROUGHTON

Cassandra Troughton | Kids Yoga Stories

Cassandra Troughton is an educator, writer, and speaker from Wabamun, Alberta, Canada. She has worked with Edmonton Public Schools for seven years, including six in special needs adaptability classrooms as an educational assistant. She was the Health and Wellness Lead at her school.

Health and wellness, especially positive mental health practices like mindfulness, is her passion. Her mindfulness recess club grew and flourished for five years, even transitioning from in person to online in 2020. She has presented at the Shaping the Future Conference 2021 & 2022 and the KYS School Yoga Bootcamp 2021.

Cassandra has been a guest writer on the KYS blog and has her own blog, mindfulmisst.com. When not busy writing, she enjoys practicing yoga and mindfulness, and being outside in her garden, most likely with her nose buried in a book. She considers herself to be a lifelong learner and loves sharing wellness and mindfulness with learners of all ages!

 

OUR ILLUSTRATORS

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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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Exploring Emotions in 10 Minutes a Day - Workbook
Frances R. (Salt Spring Island, CA)
Exploring Emotions in 10 Minutes a Day

he children like the materials, and respond to them well. They also love the stories. Myself, as always, I particularly appreciate the drawings. We have added to the emotion of feeling bad about yourself, because it is more common for the children I have worked with to be feeling bad for other reasons than low self esteem. Sometimes we feel really 'bad' (more like feeling ill - ‘sickened’ !!!) because we have done an awful thing, acting unthinkingly. Sso that we have hurt someone else's feelings or lost their trust in us.
We don't find it quite appropriate to encourage ourselves to feel good about ourselves in those circumstances - because our 'high' opinion of ourselves makes us feel disappointment in how we behaved. We want to hold ourselves to a higher standard than that.
In our language, we want to return to being our Better Self. We know we can! So "restorative justice" is what we want to DO. We want to feel better about ourselves, yes - but even more than that, we want to make up for what we did, we want to make the other person or people feel better, feel OK. We want to heal harm, restore trust, and have EVERYONE feeling better.
We love doing "restitution" - fixing what went a bit wrong back there.
We also have a song that we sing: "May we be filled with loving kindness, May all be well, May we be peaceful and at ease, May we be happy." That's the last verse - before that, we replace the "we" with “May you be - - -,” singing to the person we harmed in some way, then we sing to ourselves using "May I be - - -". This helps us feel not so bad about what we went and did back then, when we felt tired, impatient, frustrated, or simply mean-mindedly cross! - or any of the feelings you deal with so well. We need to be “understanding’ about ourselves and each other. We are growing to understand that feelings come unexpectedly, but feelings can change and be gone too.
[All this arises from me having previously used feelings I called "Mad, Bad, Sad or Glad" - for ease of them writing them! We used to check in on how much of each of those we're feeling right now, or had coursing through us when an incident occurred earlier in the day. I saw that feeling Bad is a strong feeling to deal with. They don't think it is low self esteem, So - more like high self esteem! They feel Bad that they have let themselves down, is what I'd describe it as.
Sorry my review is so LONG!

Exploring Emotions in 10 Minutes a Day

As an Elementary School Counselor, I have found this resource to be both useful and beneficial for the students I work with. I work in a Kindergarten- Grade 5 Elementary School, and I have found this resource to be helpful in small group work, as well as individual 1:1 counseling situations.
Thank you for creating this useful tool for children!

Kind Regards,
Mary Rennebohm
Clackamas River Elementary School
Estacada, Oregon

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Earth Day Pack
Lilach C. (Germantown, US)
Earth Day Yoga Card Bundle

I teach kids and youth yoga at schools and use the Kids Yoga Stories cards as visuals and for games. The Earth Day bundle was a great addition for our yoga sessions. The children engage and love the visual ideas, poses and add their own. We also use them to create a flow or start off conversations. Thanks Kids Yoga Stories!

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Step into Spring Yoga Pack
JILL A. (Reading, US)
Spring pack pleased

We really enjoy the new ideas and Themes all suited for this time of year and more. Practice progress fun.

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Step into Spring Yoga Pack
Rajni H. (Chicago, US)
Creative and innovative

I like Giselle yoga cards. They have so many different options to offer and my students enjoy all the themes. They enjoy being characters from the cards. The yoga poses are simple and come with explanatory descriptions.