At Sacred Root, we are passionate about teaching yoga, whether that's online directly to your home or in beautiful, undiscovered places.
We work with local communities and the surrounding environment to offer you a unique insight into each country, which goes far beyond the usual tourist trails.
Our tailor-made retreats encourage you to reconnect with yourself and others. We’ll take you on a journey of self-enquiry using yoga, meditation and workshops which will challenge you to step out of your mind, re-inhabit your body and experience life from a fresh perspective.
Sacred Root Founder, Host & Yoga Teacher
A qualified yoga teacher, human rights lawyer and keen observer of life, Sophie is passionate about creating unique yoga retreats which help you to reconnect and awaken your true potential. She believes the best way to do this is through the integration of yoga, meditation, movement and nature to counter the pressure of stressful jobs, family-life and the endless demands on our time.
Having spent over ten years working as a lawyer, she has experienced first-hand the pressures of juggling numerous cases, working to tight deadlines and managing difficult situations, whilst trying to keep the rest of her life afloat. Yoga, meditation and trail-running has helped keep her sane, steered her through life’s storms and allowed her to cultivate a grounded sense of happiness within.
Sacred Root Yoga Teacher
Freddie is a Portuguese Yoga teacher who speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish.
She has been practising yoga since 2014 and she received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training certification in India in 2015 in a mixture of different types of yoga, including Hatha, Vinyasa, Sivananda, Ashtanga and Yin, followed by a further 50 hour Training course in Yin. She recently completed a further 300 hours Yoga Teacher Training course in India, which gave her a greater understanding of alignment, anatomy, yoga therapy and meditation.
Freddie loves to teach a range of different types of yoga, including Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Hatha and Yin. She is known for her creative and engaging teaching style, and intuitive understanding of the body. Her classes are strong and powerful with a focus on alignment and stability, as she believes that this is the best way for us to find balance in our everyday lives. She believes that we create so many imbalances in our body in the way that we walk, stand, sit and sleep, which when combined with mental and emotional tension, throw us out of synch. Yoga is a wonderful tool for bringing us back into balance. She loves to include pranayama and meditation in her classes, which she believes helps to quieten the mind and soften the body.
Freddie has been teaching yoga around the world in Bali, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, India and Portugal for surf and yoga retreats, yoga studios, hotels and private villas. She is currently living in Sri Lanka, spreading the love for yoga and inspiring her students to make the necessary changes towards living with freedom.
More about Freddie
Freddie was born and raised on the tropical island of Madeira in Portugal.
At the age of 17, she moved to Lisbon to study law. After 7 years practising law, it was clear that something was missing. She had a good career and lots of friends, but underneath it all, she didn’t feel happy or content. Yoga came to change that. She began to practice Vinyasa Yoga in 2014 and something intangible led her to quit her “successful” job, pack her bags and buy a one way ticket to the unknown. She hasn’t looked back since.
She travelled to India and in 2015, received her 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training certification from Siddhi Yoga school in Arambol. Following that, she completed a further 50 hours Teacher Training course in Yin Yoga at Ayana school in Varkala and received her 300 hours Teacher Training certification from the Himalyan Yoga Association in Rishikesh. Her practice has been shaped and inspired by Nancy Goodfellow, owner and Yoga teacher at Pranamar Hotel, Costa Rica, Stefano, Yoga teacher at the Florblanca Hotel, Costa Rica and Sumit Thalwal, Yoga teacher at the Himalyan Yoga Association.
Freddie loves to continue expanding her knowledge of yoga to pass on to her students and to deepen her own practice. This Spring she is attending a silent meditation retreat and a Vipassana meditation retreat in Sri Lanka and is looking forward to sharing her insight with us on our retreat.