Looking after children's emotional intelligence and well being
Through mindfulness, meditation, yoga and massage we can help children manage their emotions and relax their minds and body. Learn various tools that will help them through all stages of their lives.
Little Crystal Minds
What does LCM do?
LCM uses a variety of techniques to help and support children with emotional intelligence and wellbeing. Today, society and the current schooling system is focused on academics, but we also need to teach children about themselves. When explaining to children what is LCM, we say "its a session about you, getting to know you". All children experience big feelings on a daily basis such as anger, sadness, jealousy and excitement - understanding them and where they come from can be difficult, let alone how to deal with them. LCM uses a variety of techniques within mindfulness like mediation, massage and yoga to explore these feelings in fun, simple and creative ways for children of all ages. Community is important to us, it provides a sense of belonging. We are fortunate to be surround by an amazing community in Crystal Palace and surrounding areas, which is where primarily our sessions and classes are run. We also offer bespoke classes in and around London for schools, families, or 121's.
Who is Priya
My name is Priya and I would say I am the same as every mother out there. I am a mother of two amazing beautiful boys. Before LCM I worked in the corporate field for over 15 years, however after having my second child I felt it was no longer for me. I was always a very relaxed, easy going person until I had children. Then bam...emotions that I had never really had to deal with came flooding in, I was angry, impatient, anxious, always worrying if I was doing the right thing with my baby. I had no idea what I was doing let alone how to deal with these 'big feelings'. This, I realised, is how children feel all the time. I was introduced to mindfulness by a friend of mine - it really resonated with me, so I completed the MBSR mindfulness certification, that soon led me thinking this would be amazing to teach children. My family life has changed using all the LCM techniques, we are closer and bond more than ever and I am no longer constantly angry, stressed or anxious, don't get me wrong, I have my days, we are all human and still always learning about ourselves. I am extremely thankful and passionate which is why I have set up LCM, I want to share my knowledge, experience and passion to all of you that would like to know more and attend my sessions.
My qualifications are:
Levels 1&2 of Connected Kids programme
Certified in Rainbow Yoga kids, where I had the most fun, incorporating creative, dynamic engaging movements to the sessions.
Certified in the Professional training in Applied use of mindfulness for 7-11 year olds,
Certified story massage instructor
Understanding Mindfulness, Meditation, Yoga and Story massage
Mindfulness for children
"Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor" Thich Nhat Hanh
To put it simply mindfulness is noticing & being aware of what is happening in the present moment, physically, emotionally and mentally without judgement. Mindfulness is not thinking of nothing, it is being aware of our thoughts, its not being happy all the time but being aware with what we are experiencing in the moment. Using our breath we focus on our thoughts, senses and feelings. With mindfulness exercises, children develop their concentration, awareness and emotional regulation. Teaching children emotional awareness cultivates compassion for themselves and others around, it increases empathy by becoming aware of how we affect those around us.
Mediation for children
"If every 8 year old in the world is taught mediation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation" Dalai Lama
21st century children are always on the go, overstimulated not only at school but with afterschool clubs, tv, computers, tablets, mobile phones and console games.. Their brains are tired, they rarely have the opportunity to take time out and 'unplug' to relax. Meditation offers this break and helps kids function more effectively. The simple act of teaching children how to stop, focus and just breathe could be one of the greatest gifts you can give them, which they can use through out their lives. With children, guided visualisation meditations are a great way to take children through a calm, relaxed journey that often brings them peace.
Yoga for children
"Yoga creates children who are bright lights in this world, increasing their self-awareness and strengthening their bodies" Shakta Khalsa
Yoga for children is very different to yoga for adults. It is all play base using games, stories and various activities. When practicing yoga children focus on and control their breath. When children are focused on their breath and poses, they are able to release other thoughts, tension and simply focus on the present. Practicing yoga helps to stretch and strengthen the body as well as improve balance and coordination.
“The mind has exactly the same power as the hands, it merely to grasp but to change it” Colin Wilson
Story massage combines the benefits of positive touch with storytelling, nursery rhyme and songs. It’s a creative way to increase general well-being, concentration, self awareness and helps children relax. It is a fantastic way to bond, build relationships and empathy for others. It’s very simple but very effective, whilst being non intrusive for the children.
Sessions & classes
We've got classes to suit everyone
Mother & baby
Happy mother happy baby
Focus on new mums and babies, creating a calm, happy environment, whilst understanding about their emotions, using mindfulness, meditation and breathing techniques. Mum and baby yoga, to stretch out any tensions, plus story massage to bond and connect
When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, its our job to share our calm, not join their chaos - L.R. Knost
Fun, creative sessions for toddlers and parents to learn how to play with your inner child again. Using all the LCM techniques through games, songs, dances and stories, children learn techniques to understand themselves, self calm/ soothe and relax.
Educating the mind, without the heart is no education at all - Aristotle
Fun creative sessions for infants to explore their emotional wellbeing using all aspects for mindfulness through games, art, sound and yoga. Story massage to connect and bond with each other and guided meditations to soothe and relax.
SAT's are putting additional pressures on our children causing more anxiety and stress
Fun creative sessions for junior children to explore their emotional and social wellbeing. Understanding their inner selves and their connection to each other and the world around them. We learn about the neuroscience of mind/body connection, managing emotions (anxiety and anger) and how to cultivate empathy and compassion.
Over half of all mental ill health starts by age 14 and 75% develop by 18 (Murphy and Fonage 2012)
Unique sessions for teenagers to understand the benefits of mindfulness and meditation to them. Positive thinking, gratitude, meditation and breathing techniques before exams or when they are anxious. We learn about basic neuroscience of mind/body. Ways to use technology in a positive mindful way.
Schools & 121's
We provide bespoke programme for schools, 121's & families
Programmes for schools
Studies now show the benefits of mindfulness in schools and how it can help children deal with anxieties and pressures they have to deal with on a day to day basis at school. LCM provides bespoke programmes for your school, discussing your requirements in details first, then together producing plans that will help support the school and students. All LCM technique can improve the wellbeing of children, reducing worries, anxieties, improve sleep, behaviour, focus and concentration levels as well as calmness to the classroom, promoting empathy and compassion to children and their peers.
121 and family sessions
If your child is anxious, constantly angry, lacking in confidence or full of energy and need down time, then 121's sessions can really help deal with many issues children face. The sessions are all about them, their emotions, their feelings, they are able to express themselves in a relaxed, calm and open environment. 121's sessions are bespoke to your individual child and we discuss what support they require.
Family sessions are an amazing way to connect and really bond. They provide and unique environment where we just focus on the present moment with the ones we love. You will learn a lot about yourselves, partners and children, understand better on what is going on with in and learn to use techniques to cope with situations that often arise. It can be a magical experience, with such positive energy and love.