Since 2006, Rich has taught more than 25,000 yoga students in over 2,200 classes, mostly in NYC, LA, SF, Chicago and Seattle. His passion for fitness and healthy living has thrived for decades, while his health & fitness certifications include: Yoga, Personal Training, Cycling, CPR.
His reality TV series pilot, YogaStyles of Rich and the Almost Famous: Chicago is where Yoga meets History meets Travel throughout the streets of Chicago. It was also in Chicago in 2016 where Rich created his Vinyasa-based style of Tola Yoga, designed to give you the best yoga workout in the world.
A Screen Actors Guild member since 2009, Rich spent 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.
Rich also enjoys hosting live musical events as well as performing stand-up comedy. While living in Chicago he produced a monthly talent showcase featuring The Windy City’s best up-and-coming musicians and comedians. Most of all, Rich loves to rock-it on the radio with Tola Talks, his “21st Century Talk for a No Bullshit World”.
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 (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 and founder of The AskingPrice.com (The Trump Organization was his first strategic client).
In the early 2000’s, Rich was an award-winning real estate developer restoring Historic Landmark properties in inner-city neighborhoods. On Valentine’s Day 2006, Rich took my first acting class in New York City and never looked back.
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!” – Jeanie M.
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YogaStyles of RICH and the Almost Famous: Chicago (Rich Tola Host Reel 2016)
Mindie music video compilation of Yoga poses filmed throughout the streets of Hollywood.