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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 Talks Psychopaths, Bodies in Suitcases & The Godfather

Tola Talks about the new Justin Bieber video, the suitcase in San Francisco carrying body parts, the cheating Jockey using an electric shock device, and it’s Throwback Thursday so Rich takes us back to the highlights of 1973 – including the great racehorse Secretariat & The Godfather.

Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks

Tola Talks Once-a-Month Boyfriends & Why We Fall in Love

Tola Talks about the Top 10 Reasons Why We Fall in Love, the steamy (Victoria Secret) and funny (Kim Kardashian) new Super Bowl ads, plus the polyamorous woman in San Francisco with a fiance, a girlfriend she loves, a regular once-a-month boyfriend, and whoever else comes along that floats her boat. Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks. All social: @richtola

Tola Talks Zipper Medians & Top 10 Quotes by Pope Francis

Tola Talks about the New England Patriots Vince Wilfork lending a helping hand, shark attacks in Australia and zipper medians on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. On Top 10 Tuesday, Rich also gives us the the Top 10 Quotes by Pope Francis.

Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks. All social: @richtola

Tola Talks Movie Monday & Reese Witherspoon’s “Wild”

Tola Talks about father & sons surviving 10 days in the Australian Outback, Hyperloop passenger trains that can get you from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 1 hour, and classic American beers losing market share to the Craft breweries. On Movie Monday, Rich also reviews the heartfelt and gut-wrenching – and anything is possible – Reese Witherspoon film, Wild. Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks.  All social: @richtola

Tola Talks with Singer/Songwriter Cooper Phillip

 

Tola Talks with the beautiful & talented singer/songwriter, Cooper Phillip. On Acoustic Fridays, Rich interviews 21 year-old Cooper who plays two songs from her EP, Walk a Mile, and discusses going for her dreams and her heartfelt journey from Russia four years ago. Rich also talks about earthquakes, the San Francisco Giants, building dream-homes on the wrong property, mild winter forecasts, President Obama & the Ebola Czar, Brad Pitt & his new film Fury, Ms. Science Babe & her homeopathic experiments, plus GYST Awards & Hunter Biden.

Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks

Tola Talks' Rich Tola with SInger/Songwriter, Cooper Phillip

Tola Talks’ Rich Tola with Singer/Songwriter, Cooper Phillip

From The Big Apple to Screenland

Or shall I say, From Wall Street to Hollywood. Because if you didn’t already know, Screenland is synonymous with Hollywood and the movie industry. And you definitely know The Big Apple, my second all-time favorite city. Yes, it’s true, I’ve just moved back to Los Angeles – my favorite city in the world – after spending the past nine months exploring such unique and beautiful locales like Honolulu and San Francisco, not to mention my most recent adventures in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

In fact, when you read my intriguing new memoir that’s quite a page-turner, Simply Between Millions: From Wall Street to Hollywood, you’ll experience life in a plethora of other great cities I called home including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Princeton. And don’t forget my hometown of Trenton, NJ, where old-school Sicilian customs and traditions like representing the family, funerals, and falling off the truck were all the rage! Well, you get my drift. There’s tons of exciting stories from across the globe…with women attached, of course.

So I’m happy to report I’m “back in the wood” and here for good. North Hollywood, actually, because I always wanted to explore this NOHO neighborhood and Studio City part of town. At least until Howard Stern or Wendy Williams calls to have me on their NYC shows! Hey, ya neva’ know!

Have a great day everyone, and don’t forget to add at least a modicum of daily workout to your reading today. Enjoy – R