There is an energy here that inspires and yoga embodies that inspiration. Perhaps it is the ancient Mayan spirit that resides here, but most everyone feels more connected to themselves and to nature in Tulum. And what is yoga if not a connection with yourself through your nature: your breath. Let Yoga at Tribal help you find that connection.
Joanne has been sharing her humor, sense of vitality and her yoga practice in Tulum since 2006. Her practice is Vinyasa flow tailored to the needs of her students. Her early teacher inspiration was from Baron Baptiste, a power flow teacher who founded Baptiste Yoga in Cambridge Massachusetts. But her guru is Carmina Mock, an ashtanga teacher and amazing yogi on Cape Cod. She is the founder of Tribal and the owner of both Tribal and Acuatic Lofts and Acuatic Tulum Dive shop. Also known as Fanny Barry, she writes and paints when not running her business and practicing. Her life philosophy is one of cherishing each moment and each being. It is evident in each of her practices as we remind ourselves that each breath and each moment is a gift. Joanne is accredited to teach yoga by the AAAI/ISMA, (American Aerobic Association International/International Sports Medicine Association).
Ricardo is from Tampico, Northern Mexico. His love for bodily movement and the interaction between body and mind comes from his Martial Arts background. He began yoga to improve his alignment in competitions and immediately fell in love with its focus on balancing body and mind. He is relatively new to teaching yoga, but is an old soul with years in martial arts and mind-body connection. He completed training in 2015 in Vinyasa Flow at Yoga Dicha in Tulum, where he now lives. Ricardo's Sunday Funday practice is often the highlight of our yoga week as we play into our poses and Ricardo shares effective ways to increase balance, flexibility, and strength.
Mariana is from Guadalajara, Mexico. Through constant practice, Mariana witnessed the internal and external changes yoga brought about. Subsequently, she decided to share the yoga practice as a teacher. She studied yoga in Playa del Carmen and received her certification in Vinyasa Flow from Alan Montano in 2016. “Yoga changed my life and helped me cure physical and emotional problems. It was also crucial in allowing me to respect and accept myself”. Mariana shows her students how yoga helps us live less accelerated lives and be in the moment. Balancing postures are her favorites both in her personal practice and in her teaching because “you can see yourself and your students build confidence, something that can improve each and every person’s life. “ Mariana teaches Vinyasa Flow and the full moon meditation at Tribal.
Chelsea is a long-time California transplant who adores her (sun-safe) beach life. She began her practice at Moxie Yoga & Fitness in the Mission District of San Francisco and completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Yoga Dicha in Tulum, Mexico. She is passionate about arm balances, good food, and her dog, Lulu. Though she is thrilled by challenges, she believes there is incredible strength in being gentle with oneself. She gently decided teaching was not her favorite thing since it added more stress to her already busy life and we miss her at the Tribal. But she co-publishes the newsletter with Joanne and you may find her subbing a vinyasa flow class now and again.
Eugenia is a native of Venezuela and has been teaching yoga in Mexico since 2006. Since 2009, she shifted her yoga focus from Hatha to the Iyengar method. She came to Tulum in 2014 and completed her grade II certification in the Iyengar tradition of yoga the following year. Her discipline combined with her humor and a love for yoga motivate her students toward a perfectly aligned asana practice. She teaches Iyengar yoga at Tribal and often incorporates the wall cords into the postures. Eugenia has done several Karunta Yoga workshops to show people how the ropes/wall cords can help align asanas and move people deeper into their practice. Her Iyengar practices are a perfect compliment to our Vinyasa Flow and even Yin classes since her use of props helps create a muscle memory that carries through to life on and off the mat.
Flavio grew up in Mexico City with a passion for innovative ideas and extreme sports. Like many people, he began practicing yoga to cure an injured ankle in 2001 while he was studying industrial engineering. Fascinated at the way the human body mimicked the industrial machines he was studying and through his Hatha yoga practice, he correlated the repair of his body to a technical repair like the restoration of a machine. He was certified to teach in 2011 and shortly after came to the Mexican Caribbean and Tulum to find more yoga and balance in his life. He has traveled extensively in the US and India, studying and making life long connections across the globe. He teaches Vinyasa Flow, Yin and Restorative Yoga at Tribal.
Daria found yoga more than 12 years ago and it has helped to heal her body, mind, and heart from past injury. She has studied with Shiva Rea, Mathew Cohen and Jorgen Christiansson in California and received her 300-hour Yoga Alliance certification from Daniel Aaron of radiantly Alive Yoga in Ubud, Bali. Her positive attitude and love for life comes to the forefront in each and every class she teaches. Daria is an accomplished herbalist and loves natural food and style. She recently had a baby and as a yoga mom she teaches Slow Flow, a Yin Yang practice and the Roll and Release class at Tribal.
Iris completed her Sivananda Yoga Teacher training in 2001 in the Bahamas and has been teaching Hatha yoga since. Her classes are famous for her meticulous pacing and her voice in her opening and closing chants. Since graduating from California College of Ayurveda in 2005, she provides treatments, classes, and consultations in Ayurveda in addition to her yoga classes. She completed additional Ayurvedic studies at the Ayurvedic Institute in 2007 in New Mexico. Iris was certified in Biomagnetism in 2016 and offers treatments and consultations at Tribal. As a contemporary dancer she trains and performs at various venus throughout Mexico but finds her home at Tribal where she teaches Hatha Flow and Yin Yoga.
Mindy's mission as a teacher is empowering students to continue exploring, redefining and superseding the assumed limitations of their capabilities. "The impact of yoga is more than a spectacle of contortion. Whereas the broad arena of athleticism is narrowly focused on higher, faster, stronger, thinner, bigger- yoga takes you as you are and says: try. There is no greater thrill, no greater achievement, than surprising yourself". Mindy's studio in Korea, Kaizen, surprises both her students and herself. With Tribal since it recently opened as a student and then returning as a visiting teacher, Mindy's acro classes and intensives are consistently wonderful. She visits Tulum regularly and is a regular extra at Tribal.
Constanza hails from Chile and moved to Tulum by way of Los Angeles California. She fell in love with Rocket Yoga, a style based on the Ashtanga Primary and Secondary series. She subsequently studied Ashtanga in Mexico City in 2016 and began teaching shortly after. She teaches Vinyasa Flow at Tribal and loves, “sharing the practice, the energy and the benefits of yoga.” Her inspiration for her practices comes from nature and the way we can move as natural beings.
Klaudia is our receptionist and favorite go to girl. She sneaks into the studio 3 days a week to prepare it before she receives clients at the front desk and generally heads to the bank or the utility offices to pay our bills. She is the smile behind each clients first impression of Tribal and Acuatic. Klaudia is studying voice and you can hear her on You Tube or at one of our infrequent staff parties.
Erika is a reservation manager at Tribal and Acuatic Tulum. From Mexico City, she is a linguist by education and worked as a language teacher and translator until she found Tribal and, subsequently, yoga and diving. Erika believes that yoga and diving combine perfectly and loves keeping them as part of her daily life. She regularly participates in Tribal classes and enjoys diving in our amazing cenotes. She loves traveling, cinema, art and feels passionate about cultural and language diversity and is finishing a degree in Cinematography while managing our personal yoga retreats and reservations. She and Joanne recently put together a fabulous yoga and dive week to incorporate the best of both worlds, at least by Erika's standards.
Greydi and Manuela
Greydi and Manuela are the Tribal Cleaning staff. Without them Tribal just wouldn't be as nice. Both are working mom's and they manage to balance life like true yogis.
Jose is our grounds person. He lives out back and you may never notice him but his presence is shown but the wonderful way our small gardens grow and the hardly ever empty purified water in the reception and the gentle way the grates on the front windows go up in the morning.
Our cats Macho and Oli are fabulous members of the staff, ensuring that no one takes things to seriously.
And our wonderful dog Beto, rest in peace, is in the very cement in Tribal. He blessed us with his presence as a puppy when we broke ground and lived her for nearly three years until he died suddenly on an early Sunday morning. He was Joanne's joy and happiness for all who knew him. Tribal will always be his home.