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. Find that connection with Yoga at Tribal.
Joanne Fanny Barry, founder and co-owner of Tribal Tulum, has been sharing her yoga, humor and sense of vitality in Tulum since 2006. Her early yoga inspiration was Baron Baptiste, Baptiste Power Yoga. But her true guru is Carmina Mock, an Ashtanga teacher and amazing human being who guides students to realize that true power is working with your limitations in all forms. “The ability to assess and work with what is, is what yoga is all about”. As Carmina asks, “If it is not giving you energy, why are you doing it?” Also known as Fanny Barry, Joanne writes and paints. Her memoir, “Map of Life and Beauty” and her books for cancer patients, “I Wish I Knew”, both published by Blue Heron Bookworks, are available on Amazon. Her life philosophy is that “each moment and each being is a gift and a lesson if you are open to it”. Accredited to teach Hatha yoga by the AAAI/ISMA, (American Aerobic Association International/International Sports Medicine Association) and Yin Yoga teacher training with YUJMU. She is a B School graduate and carries that philosophy of entrepreneurship and social responsibility into her business, her yoga and her life. She blogs at thatbarrygirl.com.
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Ricardo is from Tampico, Northern Mexico. He loves movement and the interaction between body and mind since his Martial Arts days. In fact, he began yoga to improve his alignment in competitions and immediately fell in love with its focus on balance. 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. 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. He also teaches Vinyasa Flow at Tribal.
Mariana is from Guadalajara, Mexico. She received her yoga 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”. She recently completed an additional 300 hours with Ellen de Jonge and Alan Montaño in October/November 2018. Mariana’s classes are invigorating and she incorporates the feeling of how yoga helps us live less accelerated lives and be in the moment. Balancing postures are her favorites because “you can see yourself and your students build confidence, something that can improve each and every person’s life.“ Mariana teaches Vinyasa Flow 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. - Photo by @i_write_light
Eugenia is a native of Venezuela and has been teaching yoga in Mexico since 2006. In 2009, she shifted her yoga focus from an open Hatha style to the Iyengar method. She completed her grade II certification in the Iyengar tradition of yoga the following year in 2015. 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. Her Iyengar practices are a perfect compliment to Vinyasa Flow and 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 injury. Fascinated at the way the human body mimicked industrial machines and through his Hatha yoga practice, he correlated the repair of his body to a technical repair and eventually healed well. 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. Flavio recently finished his teacher training in Acro Yoga, his new love, at the Montreal School for Acro Yoga. He is starting the first regular Acro at Tribal on Wednesday nights. He teaches Vinyasa Flow, Yin and Acro Yoga at Tribal.
Barbara has a genuine passion for yoga and a strong background in clinical psychology. She has traveled extensively and received her attained her 200 teacher training in Hatha and Vinyasa in Goa, India. She later received a 50 hour Yin Yoga teacher training in Bali. Her education and experience in psychology and deep love for yoga motivate her to help others through this discipline and create classes that are alignment and flow centered as well as mindfully aware. For her, yoga has been the life changing key, it is “the artwork of awareness on the canvas of body, mind, and soul” (Amit Ray, Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style)
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 is pursuing her Ayurvedic work and is based in Playa Del Carmen. We hope to continue some of her Intensives and workshops in Ayurveda when she comes back to Tulum. We will always welcome her meticulous Hatha, Flow and Yin classes and her amazing voice. Check the events or Facebook to see when she may return.
Mindy is a visiting teacher at Tribal. She teaches that, "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". We love when she visits Tulum and makes time for some classes and intensives at Tribal. See the events page for her intensives and trainings.
Greydi and Manuela and Chris
Greydi, Manuela and Chris are the Tribal Cleaning staff. Without them Tribal just wouldn't be as nice. All three are working mom's and they manage to balance life with love and gratitude like true yogis. - Photo by @i_write_light and @georgespictures
Our cats Macho and Oli and now Cumpli are fabulous members of the staff, ensuring that no one takes things to seriously. We have recently rescued two wonderful dogs: Astro and Oye Tu. One of the amazing things about Tulum is the animal culture here. We love practicing ahimsa toward all our animal spirits.
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.