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Demystifying the Art with TOLA YOGA

What is Yoga? 

You know how many times I’ve been asked this question in the past 12 years, from men, women and children (and mostly men). Because knowing the definition of Yoga is much different than understanding this physical and mental art form, including the similarities and differences between the many styles of Yoga, e.g., Vinyasa Flow, Kundalini, Asthanga. Not to mention how each style uniquely impacts your body and your mind. Which is all good, no doubt, regardless of style. And don’t forget your spirit, although that aspect is much less tangible in all Yoga.

So what can a Yoga master with a passion for fitness spanning more than five decades, beginning with Jack LaLanne in the 1960’s, do to demystify that age-old question?

That’s simple: create another style that specifically caters to the fitness-minded individual.

One year ago I introduced Tola Yoga to the world with live classes on Periscope and YouTube: http://youtube.com/RichTolaYoga.

Although my Tola Yoga brand was born in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, it’s conception occurred 11 years earlier on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. That’s right, I taught my first “Stars of the Future” class on August 4, 2006 at New York Yoga. And what a rush it was! Kudos and thank you so much to all the amazing Yoga teachers who influenced and inspired me throughout my 200 hours of training…Jenny, Nixa, Michael, Karl, Rita, Lori, Molly, Sam, Kristen and Emily.

Because success is best served with a strong foundation. As well as passion and perseverance. And if you’re lucky, your life’s colorful journey will be long, prosperous and rather trying at times. But if you live what you love, happiness will follow you everywhere.

No doubt. And how’s this for serendipity: the other day I was in the drug store and came across this writing pad with that exact phrase, LIVE WHAT YOU LOVE. In colors just like that. So I had to buy it. And repeat it…to you today and to myself everyday, along with a few other mantras.

Keep rockin-it everyone, in whatever you do, and don’t forget your daily workout! Peace – R

Tola Talks w/ Social Media Expert & Publicist Jana Khamo

 

Tola Talks about The Oxford Dictionary & 2014’s Word of the Year (Vape), Senior citizens & the Milken Institute’s Best Cities for Successful Aging report (Madison, WI ranked #1), police brutality & rape in Ferguson, MO, the Honduran Beauty Queen and the search for her whereabouts weeks before the Miss World pageant, plus the Get Your S#!T Together Award goes to the 26 year-old woman who’s marrying the notorious 80-year killer with a cult following,Charles Manson. Rich also talks all things Social Media & Public Relations with our Tola Talks publicist, Jana Khamo. Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks.

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

Tola Talks with Yoga Teachers Linda Baffa & Jessi Harper

 

Tola Talks with two incredible Yoga babes, Linda Baffa and Jessica Harper. On Wellness Wednesdays, Rich also discusses his definition of The Art of Yoga. Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks.

Tola Talks' Rich Tola with LA's South Bay Yogini's Linda Baffa and Jessica Harper

Tola Talks’ Rich Tola with LA’s South Bay Yogini’s Linda Baffa and Jessica Harper