About Us

Calm Connections Inc. is a Syracuse based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization aimed to help youth face life’s challenges.

Our Story

Just breathe. No seriously, take a deep breath, we’ll wait…………………………………..keep going………………………………and then exhale. Feels good right?

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how important little things like this can make a huge impact on how we live our lives. Through providing professional therapy sessions, developmental research and everyday life Aysha, Brandon, and Stacey found this fact a little all too true and came together to find a sound solution.

During our undergraduate and graduate college experiences we “discovered” mindfulness. Practices such as learning to breath and living in the present moment helped us to find calm amidst our busy student lives. It also helped with improving our well-being through our personal challenges.

After attending a talk led by Andres Gonzalez, Co-Founder of the Holistic Life Foundation, Aysha and Stacey brought their heads together and the idea behind Calm Connections was formed. Knowing of Brandon’s interest in mindfulness we approached him about our idea and Calm Connections became a reality. Our hope is to bring yoga and mindfulness practices to the Syracuse community. Through stretching, deep breathing, and mindfulness, we hope to make a positive impact on the children, youth, and families of the larger Syracuse Community.


Mission Statement

Our mission is to calm minds and build connections to empower the children, youth and families of the Syracuse community through a variety of contemplative practices.

Vision Statement

The vision of Calm Connections is to foster systemic change by promoting resiliency, self-awareness and alleviating traumatic responses so that community members are better equipped to handle life’s challenges.

What is Mindfulness?

The ability to nonjudgmentally be open and aware to the present moment. -John Kabat-Zinn