A QUALITY OF LIFE COMMUNITY (AQLC) provides a complete healing and wellness program for cancer patients, caregivers and loved ones. AQLC offers a free series of yoga and meditation classes, and recovery retreats, as well as the newest insights on proper medical care, alternative care, nutrition and other innovative therapies. AQLC is unique in that it is designed to support not just the individual, but is inclusive for the entire family's self-healing. AQLC is also dedicated to teaching yoga and meditation teachers how to teach this powerful work.

 

Our Advisors

Ms. Amy Conn, Director, A Quality Life Community

Amy Conn is the founder and director of the non-profit Quality Life Community.  Amy has a Masters Degree in Special Education, as well as, an American Sign Language interpreter certification. She is currently in a PhD program at the University of Utah in the department of Exercise and Sport Science researching the benefits of yoga on special populations; specifically cancer survivors. Amy is a certified 1000-hour trained National Registered Yoga Instructor. As an instructor, she is frequently asked to participate in training teachers for yoga teacher training courses (specifically, Children and Cancer Survivor courses).  Amy is the author of Revealing Grace, a story about a cancer adventure and a community.  

 

Mr. James Burris, Technology Consultant, Lichthaus Media

James Burris is a strategic communications consultant and is currently the principal of Lichthaus Media.  He brings 18 years of marketing communications experience to A Quality Life Community. James' history is made up of corporate and ad-agency leadership and he has worked with a broad array of organizations ranging from investment banks to mining companies as well as a variety of non-profits and municipalities.  He is a strong believer in the spiritual rejuvenation that comes from yoga.  He also praises the humanity QLC provides to cancer patients and their families during an extremely challenging and seemingly powerless period in their lives.  James is proud to serve A Quality Life Community.

 

Dr. Nitin Chandramouli, Medical Consultant, Utah Cancer Specialist

Dr. Chandramouli earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa in 1996, where he completed his residency in 1999. He completed his Fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah, where he also served as Chief Fellow for two years. He is board certified in both Medical Oncology and Hematology.

 

Ms. Corena Hammer, Owner, Infusion Yoga and Pilates Studio

 

Mr. William Held

Bill Held serves on the Quality Life Community board of directors as well as teaching yoga classes to aid in cancer recovery.  Bill found yoga just when he needed a new purpose in life. . Through his yoga practice Bill has gained more physical strength, mental clarity, renewed spiritual belief, and a sense of peace and well being.  He has worked at Huntsman Cancer Hospital Oncology Unit and University of Utah Hospitals. Bill shares his passion for yoga by teaching at Huntsman Cancer Institute and Veterans Administration Hospital. Bill is a Registered 200 hour Yoga Teacher.

 

Ms. Noelle Reymond, President & CEO, Lupus Foundation of America/Utah Chapter, Inc. 

Noelle Reymond has always been a supporter and proponent for the positive effects of yoga. Prior to being diagnosed with lupus, she was a home birth midwife and one of the services she offered her clients was a prenatal yoga class.  She observed reduction in prenatal and post natal stress, lower blood pressure and happier moms.  Noelle has witnessed the positive effects of yoga on pregnant and new moms, cancer patients, lupus patients and the often forgotten caregivers and support people.  Noelle and Amy Conn have been friends for nearly a decade, so when Noelle was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in 2011 and she and Amy formed an even stronger bond.

The Lupus Foundation merged with AQLC for weekly yoga class offered to both people affected by lupus and cancer.  Noelle is a member of the board of directors.  As funding increases, she looks forward to program growth, new ideas and being able to help people in our community.

 

Ms Rebecca Turkanis, Jewish Family Services, Bhakti Yoga Lounge Support Group/Cancer Action Network

Rebecca Turkanis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Jewish Family Service. She is the program coordinator for the LiveWell Program that supports cancer survivors and their caregivers through counseling, support groups, respite and care management services. Rebecca facilitates the support group in conjunction with yoga at Bhakti Yoga Lounge.  Rebecca believes that yoga is the perfect intro to therapeutic support groups as everyone enters the group connected and centered from the yoga experience. Rebecca is also involved with the cancer community through the Utah Cancer Action Network through the Department of Health. She is a co-chair of a committee and actively plans supportive and education activities for cancer survivors and their caregivers.

 

Ms. Shanna Sheline, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Discovery Gateway: The Children's Museum of Utah

Shanna brings her professional experience as the Marketing and Communication Coordinator for Discovery Gateway: The Children's Museum of Utah to A Quality Life Community. She is also a Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner as well as Yoga and Pilates Instructor at Avenues Yoga in Salt Lake City.

Shanna moved to Salt Lake in June 2010 from Cleveland Ohio where she was a professional Modern Dancer for more than a decade. She holds a M.A. in Contemporary Dance from Case Western Reserve University, a Yoga Instruction certification from Kripalu Yoga Center and a Pilates Mat certification from Power Pilates. Shanna is also a certified Thai Yoga Massage practitioner through Lotus Palm School. Most recently Shanna received the Marketing and Communication for Nonprofits Certificate from the University of Utah Nonprofit Academy for Excellence where she was awarded the Arts and Museums Scholarship. 

Although Shanna turned to Yoga, Pilates and massage in order to become a better dancer, she found that it enhances all other aspects of her life. Sincerely dedicated to an integrated practice herself, Shanna is happy to be part of an organization focused on bringing the benefits of yoga to the cancer community. 

 

Our Teachers

Ms. Mary Beth Hall

Mary Beth Hall originally tried yoga as a natural way to ease back pain after having children.  Not only did she find relief with her back issues, she also experienced major stress relief and found a sense of peace she hadn't felt in a very long time.  She decided to teach yoga as a way to "pass it forward".  Mary Beth is a nurturing teacher encouraging her students to stay focused on breathing to unlock energy blocks and to connect mind, body and spirit.  Mary Beth received her 500 hour Yoga Certification at Infusion Studio, where she teaches cancer patients on Friday mornings.

Mr. Chris Lemon

Chris loves to teach yoga and as a student of the University of Utah theatre department, he brings theatrics and laughter to his yoga classes.  His joyful entertaining nature provides a light-hearted spirit to patients recovering from cancer.  Chris's is a certified eYRT experienced registered yoga teacher 500 hours. He teaches at the Huntsman Cancer Institute for patients and family members on Monday nights.

Dr. Erin Meyer

Dr. Meyer has been practicing yoga since 1982 and teaching yoga since 2006.  She is a PhD in pharmacology and a research scientist at the University of Utah.  Erin is a certified eYRT (experienced registered yoga teacher) with more than 2000 hours of teaching.  Erin believes that yoga is for everyone!