Monday, March 23, 2015

Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats by Giselle Shardlow - A review.

Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats

Book Overview

  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147740077X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477400777
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.1 inches

To Purchase:

Available on the Kids Yoga Stories website w/ PayPal: 
& on Amazon by clicking on the story image:

Book Summary

A Yoga Story About Friendship, Happiness and Acceptance

Anna finds happiness practicing yoga on her rainbow-colored yoga mats at recess. She imagines traveling the world and exploring new places. Will her classmates accept her and join the fun?
The storybook includes a Foreword by Katie Manitsas, Director of Jivamukti Yoga Sydney and Author of Yoga Off the Mat and The Yoga of Birth.

My Review:

Finding acceptance in this crazy world of ours can be challenging. Giselle Shardlow's book Anna and Her Rainbow Colored Yoga Mats highlights the challenges of a young girl getting used to a new school and classroom. Adjusting to a new classroom is hard enough for any kid, but for a young girl with a hearing impairment, adjusting can be especially challenging. For Anna, she finds peace and acceptance by sharing her world of yoga with the other children in her class. This delightful story weaves yoga poses throughout, providing the perfect opportunity to share with your child the movements of yoga. What is especially enchanting about this book is how it promotes creative expression and imagination. The yoga poses are not prescribed routines, but instead they are movements that describe imaginative play, which is perfect for any child.


Creating Rainbow Chakra Rocks to go with the book: 

As an extension activity for this book, I thought it would be a great time to introduce the seven main Chakras and their colors since they also represent a rainbow. I am no Yogi, but I do have a series of mantras that I recite for each of the Chakras: I am divine; I am connected; I am expressive;I am loved; I am strong;I am creative; and I am safe. 

On a walk in the woods behind our house, inspired by my youngest daughter's obsession with throwing rocks in the creek and my oldest daughter's obsession with carrying "calming" rocks in her pockets, I suggested we bring back a bag full of rocks for an art project. The goal was to create a series of calming rocks for my oldest to remind my daughter she is divine, she is connected, she is expressive, she is loved, she is strong, she is creative, and most importantly, she is safe.

We had a basketful of rocks, which we cleaned and dried.

Then we picked out paints that best matched the seven main Chakras.

I love the excitement of a jar full of clean brushes just waiting to make magic.

My youngest was much more excited by painting her hands than the rocks.

When we were done, we had several sets of Chakra calming rocks. 

With Sharpie markers, I wrote one inspirational word on each rock: divine, connected, expressive, loved, strong, creative, and safe to remind my oldest of the meaning of each Chakra.

My youngest enjoyed simply creating a circle of rocks around her on the yoga mat and saying, "Namaste."

I created this PDF to celebrate the seven Chakras and create a mat to put each of the rocks in the appropriate circle, which serves as a simple color matching activity for my youngest child. 

Download your own Chakra Mat to place the rocks on.

Let me know if you make your own Chakra calming rocks. I would love to see a picture of them.

More info about the author:

FTC Required Disclosures:
 *I received a review copy from the author free of charge. All opinions expressed in this review represent my honest opinions about the book. **This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. If you purchase the books through these links, I receive a small portion of the payment, which I use to support this blog. Thanks for your support! 


  1. Painting rocks is a calming activity in itself - your rainbow rocks look beautiful :o)

    1. Painting the rocks was calming until the little one covered herself in paint. :-) Thanks for stopping by.

  2. We are fans of Giselle's yoga stories. This one looks like another cute one. Love your Chakra rock activity! Stopping by from the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

    1. Aren't her stories great? Thanks for stopping by! You can never go wrong with any activity that includes paint.

  3. What a lovely activity! You are creating such mindfulness with your girls - it is beautiful to witness.

  4. This is so awesome! Love the activity to go with it. I pinned it!

    1. Thanks for sharing Bonnie. Hope you get a chance to make yourself a set of calming rocks.

  5. I'm going to have to remember this activity for my grandson this summer. He would love it!

    1. Be sure to let me know if you try it out. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. We love Giselle and her books. I love the activity you came up with. The color of those rocks really pop out! They are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop, Jenny! :-)

    1. Thanks for stopping by Renee. We had a great time making the rocks. The only problem now is my little one wants to paint every rock she finds.


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