Creator, host, producer and yoga master Rich Tola has been developing original content in the yoga world for more than a decade.
Beginning in 2007 with Rich Tola’s Yoga-to-Go, his first instructional DVD, Rich went on to create and produce more than 100 hours of original content across all media platforms. His yoga-inspired film, Boulevard Zen, was his first feature film that premiered at the Silent Movie Theater in Hollywood on December 9th, 2009. Upon completion of his film, Rich founded The Boulevard Zen Foundation, a charity teaching yoga to women and children survivors of domestic violence.
For the past 11 years, Rich has also taught more than 25,000 yoga students in over 2,200 classes throughout the United States. Rich’s passion for fitness and healthy living has thrived for the past half-century, including 40 years of weightlifting to accompany the past 12 years of yoga. His penchant for changing the world flourished with his Reality TV series pilot, YogaStyles of Rich and the Almost Famous: Chicago. While teaching over 600 classes in Chicago, Rich also created his unique, fitness style of Tola Yoga before bringing it to Seattle in early 2017.
A Screen Actors Guild member since 2009, Rich spent five years studying with renown acting coaches Roberta Wallach, Penny Templeton, Susan Batson, Carl Ford, Greg Braun and Will Wallace. His most notable yoga role was the “hot-and-sweaty teacher” for Morgan Fairchild, Joan Van Ark and Andrea Parker on My Name is Earl (2009). Rich also enjoys standup comedy and produced a monthly show while in The Windy City, The Royal Talent Showcase, featuring Chicago’s best up-and-coming comedians and musicians.
From Investment Banker to Entertainer/Yogi, Rich has traveled the globe and seen it all. From humble beginnings in Trenton, NJ, the son of an old-school Sicilian barber, he received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and his MBA from Northwestern University (Kellogg).
In the 80’s Rich was an All-Ivy League baseball player who worked for Wall Street juggernauts Goldman Sachs and Drexel Burnham Lambert before living in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia as an International Bank Consultant. In the 90’s he was a top-producing New York City Real Estate Broker and high-flying internet entrepreneur. In the early 2000’s before moving to Hollywood in February, 2007, Rich was an award-winning real estate professional specializing in the redevelopment of Historic Landmark properties in inner-city neighborhoods.
His witty and heartfelt memoir, Simply Between Millions: From Wall Street to Hollywood, is “a wildly entertaining and inspirational book on life never getting you down – even when you’re down!”
Today Rich can be found teaching private, corporate and public Tola Yoga classes throughout Los Angeles.
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Mindie music video compilation of Yoga poses throughout the streets of Hollywood.
Hosting and performing at Two Hearted Queen in Chicago on Valentine’s Day 2016.
Music Video for “Life’s Boulevard”, the theme song to Boulevard Zen.
Teaching at a domestic violence shelter for The Boulevard Zen Foundation.
Actor Reel (2011)