Ann Marie Sheridan fell in love with yoga at an early age and never turned back. She has been practicing and teaching for the last 22 years. Sheridan initially came to Tahoe to rock climb and opened Namaste Holistic Healing & Yoga Center in 2011.
“I wanted an affordable, non-intimidating place for people to practice yoga and a peaceful place for health practitioners to practice their healing techniques,” explains Sheridan, who is also a massage therapist and musician.
As a massage therapist, Sheridan says that people have profound experiences with massage that help them not only physically, but emotionally and energetically.
“It’s a way for them to process the whole of their being while being worked on,” she says.
For Sheridan, yoga and massage go hand in hand, creating stability and flexibility. “I don’t believe that one modality can deal with everything,” she adds.
“I am so grateful to be doing what I love in this beautiful place.”
“As a business owner, I have learned incredible lessons. I’ve learned not to be afraid to ask for help and that was a big one for me. My biggest fear was to open a business and be so overwhelmed it would take away from the quality of my teaching,” she explains. “I am so grateful to be doing what I love in this beautiful place.”
Sheridan has been playing music for as long as she’s been practicing yoga. Music was a creative outlet that was healing for her as a teenager; it inspired her creativity and confidence. Although, yoga is her lifelong journey, her love for music is equally part of who she is.
Sheridan says that music can evoke a certain rawness. “The songs I write capture a moment in time when I might have being going through some pretty raw experiences and some pretty emotionally driven lyrics come out of that. It reminds me where I came from and it reminds me how intense emotions can be in that moment,” she says.
“We listen to other songs and artists and lyrics and the sound of notes and how the music is flowing together,” she continues. “We place ourselves in somebody else’s shoes or relate to those lyrics and say, ‘Oh, I’ve been through this, I’ve felt that heartache or I’ve been through that blissful experience,’ and it helps us to relate to one another.”
As we walk on our journey in life, Sheridan understands that we’re all in this together. We are all part of this tapestry of connection and consciousness.
“All around the globe, music is played at events, weddings, funerals, celebrations and festivals, and it’s something people relate to all over the world in whatever language it’s in. It’s healing, celebration and connection,” says Sheridan.
“Playing in public, you have to be present and, like music, yoga reminds us to be in the present moment. When you’re up there performing, you want to be in rhythm with your band mates and don’t want to fumble your lyrics,” she explains. “It’s very much like yoga and chanting. Sanskrit is such an old language and so powerful to chant the yoga sutras, which are still so relevant today.”
Sheridan tries to always be aware and fully conscious. “You need to be present when you are climbing and be in the moment. You’re out all day and in the most amazing places. You’re in the moment and you find yourself looking at a vista for hours and see a lizard go by or the clouds come in,” she says.
Sheridan loves to share knowledge, learn and hear people’s stories. According to her, in order for sharing to occur, there needs to be trust. Teaching has taught Sheridan how to help others.
“Sometimes people just need a little help with their practice,” she says.
By Priya Hutner | Photos by Court Leve
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