A SAG-AFTRA member since 2009, Rich spent years training in New York City and Los Angeles with renown acting coaches Roberta Wallach, Penny Templeton, Carl Ford, Susan Batson, Greg Braun and Will Wallace.
Six months after he entered the business, Rich became a Registered Yoga Teacher. Since 2006, he has taught more than 30,000 students in over 2,500 yoga classes throughout the United States. His passion for health and fitness has also thrived for more than 40 years, while his wellness teaching certifications include Yoga, Personal Training, Cycling and CPR.
Upon completion of his yoga-inspired film, Boulevard Zen, Rich founded The Boulevard Zen Foundation to teach the benefits of yoga to women and children survivors of domestic violence.
His reality TV series pilot, YogaStyles of Rich and the Almost Famous: Chicago is where yoga meets history throughout the streets of Chicago. It was also in Chicago where Rich created his fitness style of Tola Yoga, designed to give you the most effective and well-balanced yoga workout in the world.
Rich also enjoys hosting live musical events as well as performing stand-up comedy. Most of all, Rich loves to rock-it on the radio with Tola Talks, otherwise know as his “21st Century Talk for a No Bullshit World”.
Before making the move to Hollywood, Rich spent years in the worlds of Real Estate and Wall Street. 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 University (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 – securing The Trump Organization as 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.
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!”
Rich lives in LA and teaches Tola Yoga at Attitude Fitness DTLA and Chinatown.
YogaStyles of RICH and the Almost Famous: Chicago (Rich Tola – Host Reel)
Mindie music video of yoga poses filmed throughout the streets of Hollywood.