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 entering the business of “show business” in NYC, Rich became a Certified Yoga Teacher. Since 2006, he has taught more than 30,000 students in over 2,500 yoga classes throughout the United States. His modern-day fitness style of Tola Yoga has been challenging students since 2016, while his passion for health and fitness has thrived for more than 40 years. Rich Tola’s fitness certifications include Yoga, Personal Training, Cycling and CPR.
Upon completion of his yoga-inspired film, Boulevard Zen (2009), 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 Tola Yoga to provide students of all levels with the best yoga workout in the world.
Rich also enjoys hosting live musical events as well as performing stand-up comedy, not to mention Rich loves to rock-it on the radio with his talk show, Tola Talks, also know as his “21st Century Talk for a No Bullshit World”.
Before making his move to Hollywood, Rich spent years successfully navigating the financial worlds of Wall Street and Real Estate. 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, Rich received his Bachelor of Science 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 currently lives in Los Angeles and teaches Tola Yoga at Attitude Fitness DTLA.
YogaStyles of RICH and the Almost Famous: Chicago (Rich Tola – Host Reel)
Mindie music video of yoga poses filmed throughout the streets of Hollywood.