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Go With All Your Heart

Many years ago, my sister gave me this polished piece of black stone inscribed with this:

Wherever You Go, Go With All Your Heart

I’ve keep it by my bed ever since, to remind me of what should be. For everyone on the planet.

Because it’s all about shining your light – coming from your heart, that is – out into the Universe in the most positive, truthful and heartfelt way.

Hey, what do you expect coming from a Yoga dude who’s been practicing and teaching this mind-body-spirit, self-love and self-respect, “it’s a lifestyle” practice for over twelve years.

Think about it. Wouldn’t life be grand If you shared the very best of you…all the time. You know the one: upbeat, positive, smiling, confident, respectful and considerate. To name a few.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Peace – R

No Judgment…Just More Resoluteness

Never judge yourself when it comes to fitness. Just forgettaboutit, and keep moving forward. Because what you did or didn’t do yesterday – or last week – or last year – makes no difference when it comes to exercising today. Because each dawn brings a new day, and with each day brings another opportunity to reward your body with fitness. With an emphasis on reward.

Case in point: Yesterday my friend says to me, “OK, this week I’m going to start working out every Tuesday and Friday for the rest of the year, because it’s two weeks into 2017 and my resolution to workout twice a week is, well, failing.” This coming from a woman who worked out 4 times a week for the past 20 years until last year, when an injury put her on the sidelines for nearly a year. Now she’s completely healed but just can’t seem to get started.

Is this you? Or perhaps you’re someone who’s never been into fitness and wants to start? No worries.

Really. Because each dawn brings a new day, and with each day brings another opportunity to reward your body with fitness. You get the picture.

And if you don’t already know it, then repeat after me: if I workout on a regular basis, I will look and feel younger. Just like I said to my friend lamenting over her inability to re-start her engines, look at it this way: if you workout twice a week for 30 minutes each for the rest of the year, by New Year’s 2018 that’ll be 50 hours of fitness. Better yet, if you can make it one hour and then turn that second hour into a Yoga class, that’ll be 100 hours…a helluva lot better than Zero.”

No judgment over failed resolutions people…just more resoluteness. You can do it.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day everyone! Peace – R

Improve Your Balance with Tola Yoga Class #9

Quick question: What takes 28 minutes, is complimentary to your regular workouts, and will definitely improve your focus, concentration, breathing and posture, as well as strengthen your lower back, hamstrings, thighs, calfs, core and abs?

That’s easy: Tola Yoga Class #9 with Vika down by the pond in Humboldt Park, Chicago.

Enjoy! Peace – R

Tola Yoga for Beginners…and Yes, it’s Challenging

Check-out yesterday’s Tola Yoga class LIVE on Periscope. 45 minutes of Yoga that anyone can do! And a special thanks to our wonderful Yoga student showing you precise poses, Elif Pilicer.

Have an awesome weekend everyone, and tune-in this Sunday at 1p (CT) for our Tola Yoga by the Lake class on Periscope.tv/richtola, including Vika, Lauren, Amy, Rhonda and Stephanie.

Peace – R

Tola Yoga workouts are 45 minutes and incorporate 5 key elements: Yoga Stretches, Abdominals, Core Strengthening, Balancing & Foundation Poses (Warriors, Triangles, Extended Side Angles).

Stretch, Balance & Sweat with Tola Yoga Class #5

Another day, another workout has been my motto for the past 40 years. Now how about a new one for the next 40 years…Another week, another Tola Yoga class!

That said, here’s another challenging 45 min Yoga class from yesterday LIVE on Periscope with my lovely student Stephanie Loo. Have an awesome week everyone, and see you next time!

Courage Works at the Yoga Workshop (video)

No doubt having Courage brings you to a whole new level in life. As it does with your Yoga practice, not to mention one simple fact that everybody knows…Yoga gives you Courage.

Alright, let’s not state the obvious here, but doing one-armed feathered peacock pose (or Pincha Mayurasana for you Yoga purists) for the first time, well that takes Courage. So Kudos to my students who courageously tried & learned 10 of the most advanced Yoga poses on earth!

Here’s a few pics and a video of me teaching Eka Pada Koundinyasana I & II from our Arm Balancing & Inversion Workshop at Evanston Athletic Club. Have an awesome day! Peace – R

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Tola Talks with Chanida & Emily of Vault Crossfit

 

Tola Talks fitness and multi-functional workouts with Vault Crossfit owner Chanida Sintuu and head coach Emily Hughes. On Throwback Thursdays, Rich takes us back to 1998 and also talks about the World Champion San Francisco Giants, bank robbers in India inspired by a Bollywood movie, the American economy picking up steam in the 3rd quarter, Autism research giving scientists hope for preventing the disorder, and the Get Your S#!T Together Award going to the Ebola nurse who defies Maine’s request for voluntary quarantine.

Watch weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks.

Tola Talks' Rich Tola with Emily Hughes and owner Chanida Sintuu of Vault Crossfit

Tola Talks’ Rich Tola with head coach Emily Hughes and owner Chanida Sintuu of Vault Crossfit