Author, filmmaker and modern-day yoga master, Rich Tola, has been creating and producing original content across all media platforms since 2006. A SAG-AFTRA member since 2009, Rich has also taught his fitness style of Tola Yoga to more than 3,000 classes throughout the United States.
Rich’s passion for health and fitness has thrived for the past 50 years, while his wellness certifications include Yoga, Personal Training and Cycling. Upon completion of his yoga-inspired film, Boulevard Zen, Rich also founded The Boulevard Zen Foundation – a nonprofit organization teaching the benefits of yoga to women and children survivors of domestic violence.
His reality TV series pilot, YogaStyles of Rich and the Almost Famous, is where yoga meets history throughout the streets of Chicago, while his short films, Skateboard Bandits and Zen Diaries: The Lockdown, were both winners at the 2019 Global Shorts Awards. Chicago was also where he created Tola Yoga, designed to give students of all levels “the best yoga workout in the world”.
Rich also enjoys entertaining audiences of all ages with his motivational speeches and stand-up comedy. Not to mention his love for rocking-it on the airwaves with his keen and candid talk show, Tola Talks, also know as his “21st Century Talk for a No Bullshit World”.
From humble beginnings in Trenton, NJ, the son of an old-school Sicilian barber, Rich received his BSE 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 & CEO of TheAskingPrice (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 throughout inner-city neighborhoods. On Valentine’s Day 2006, Rich took his first acting class in New York City and has never looked back.
His 2012 memoir, Simply Between Millions: From Wall Street to Hollywood, takes you on a wild and witty ride from the heights of Wall Street to Hollywood’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams. It’s a fast-paced book with a heartfelt story about perseverance and spiritual awakening, and as one reader puts it, “a wildly entertaining and inspirational book on life never getting you down – even when you’re down!”
And if you had to choose two words to describe the resounding theme of Rich’s life as well as his original creations, they would no doubt be ‘respect’ and ‘perseverance’.
Something you’ll find plenty of in his next book, How to Drink from the Fountain of Youth: 30 Steps to Everlasting Youth – his “how-to manifesto” providing some old school advice about staying young forever…a dubious yet achievable concept Rich Tola knows all about.
YogaStyles of RICH and the Almost Famous: Chicago (Rich Tola – Host Reel)
Mindie music video of yoga poses filmed throughout the streets of Hollywood.