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100 Days of TOLA YOGA in Seattle

This past weekend I celebrated my 100th day of living in the Emerald City while teaching Tola Yoga to more than 700 students in 63 classes.

And just like Seattleites love their coffee strong and flavorful, there’s no doubt they love my fitness style of Tola Yoga – which is also strong and flavorful. And if there’s anything more plentiful than a corner Starbucks in this town, it has to be these two elements: hills and rain.

No doubt.

Coming from a fitness and yoga dude who spent 100 days living in San Francisco (in 2012) and walking up California Street once a day, you gotta believe me, it’s true. Just try walking to the top of Queen Anne Avenue starting at Denny Way, or better yet, walk up James Street from Yesler Way to Broadway and you be the judge. And good luck if you’re carrying a 20 pound gym bag full of books, water and yoga gear – like I always do. Well, at least I can say I’m in the best shape of my life. As for the never-ending rain, well, it’s one of those things you get used to. I suppose 🙂

On that note, here are the five key highlights of my first 100 days in Seattle:

  1. Explored more than two dozen neighborhoods and cultural attractions including the iconic 605-ft-tall Space Needle, the beautiful Olympic Sculpture Park and Northlake Marina overlooking downtown Seattle (see pics),
  2. Established myself at six health clubs and yoga studios around town – currently teaching six weekly classes including one corporate client near Safeco Field (Go Mariners!),
  3. Spent three days kicking-the-bricks in the very clean and cosmopolitan, Vancouver, BC,
  4. Re-read five classic books including The Power of One, The Fountainhead, The World According to Garp, Tess of the D’Ubervilles and Great Expectations, and
  5. Worked out 100 days plus took a plethora of yoga classes with some wonderful yoginis.

Hope your previous 100 days were as plentiful and exciting as mine were.

Have an amazing St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

Peace – R

PS…if you haven’t read a good book lately – and I’m talking about the good ‘ole fashioned hard copy kind – then give one of mine a try.

Tola Tola ISIS, the Ukraine Crisis & Nine 1/2 Weeks

Tola Talks about The White House asking permission to wage war against ISIS, the cease-fire in the Ukraine and fire-fighting robots. Plus it’s TBT 1986 so we’re going back to the precursor to the new blockbuster, Fifty Shades of Grey…Nine 1/2 Weeks, starring Kim Basinger & Mickey Rourke. Thanks for tuning in! Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks and social: @richtola

Tola Talks Fitness Tips & Losing Weight with Fad Diets

Tola Talks about Fad diets and losing weight by cutting the crap and changing your lifestyle. On Fitness Friday, Rich also talks about generous attorneys having their S#!T together, two officers delivering a baby on a subway train in Philadelphia, and hackers putting the Christmas freeze on Xbox and Playstation gamers. Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks.

Tola Talks Homeless Man’s Kindness & Happy People

Tola Talks about the homeless man who fed his friends with $100 from YouTuber Josh Paler Lin, the woman who had a baby in the front seat of her van, CNN’s 5 lessons to make you extraordinary, plus the “best-of-the-best” with Taylor Swift, Chris Pratt & Kim Kardashian. On WTF Wednesday, Rich also discusses the 8 primary traits of happy people (thanks to Anne Parker). Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalksMerry Christmas Everyone!

Tola Talks w/ Founder of Stage 32, Richard (RB) Botto

 

Tola Talks with Founder & CEO Richard (RB) Botto of Stage 32, the ultimate social networking web site for the entertainment industry, as well as entertains us with the latest news including the Irish Rock Band U2’s Bono requiring surgery from a bicycling accident, the new Jeep Renegade selling for well below $20,000, and the passing of legendary Hollywood Director, Mike Nichols. On Throwback Thursdays, Rich also talks about moving the show over to YouTube.com/TolaTalks Monday, November 24th and takes us back to the highlights of 1963.

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Tola Talks w/ Celebrity Photographer & Director Scott Nathan


Tola Talks
 retirement income & America’s oldest worker (102), killer bees & America’s most expensive Zip Codes, plus the Get Your S#!T Together Award for chop blocks in the NFL. On Throwback Thursdays, Rich interviews celebrity photographer and director Scott Nathan, and discusses the highlights and pop culture of 2009. Plus, check out Scott’s new music video “Silence” that he directed with 21 year-old Cooper Phillip.

Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks.

Tola Talks' Rich Tola with Celebrity Photographer and Director, Scott Nathan

Tola Talks’ Rich Tola with Celebrity Photographer and Director, Scott Nathan

Tola Talks w/ Author & Past Life Specialist Noreh Millar


Tola Talks past life flashbacks, deadly viruses, sex clubs in NYC and the new detective-mystery novel, Detour on the Road Home. On Throwback Thursdays, Rich interviews Author Noreh Millar…who also takes us back to her version of 1942 and her latest detective-mystery novel, Detour on the Road Home. Watch weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks.

Tola Talks' Rich Tola with Author and Past Life Specialist, Noreh Millar.

Tola Talks’ Rich Tola with Author and Past Life Specialist, Noreh Millar.