Creator, Producer, Director, Radio Host, Author and Creator of Tola Yoga, Rich Tola has produced more than 100 hours of original content across all media platforms.
Beginning in 2007 with Rich Tola’s Yoga-to-Go, his first instructional DVD, Rich produced and directed his yoga-inspired feature film, Boulevard Zen, as well as his video enclycolpedia of 100 yoga poses, Yoga Survival Guide, plus Rich Tola’s 15 Minute Fat Burning Workouts. Upon completion of the film, Rich also founded The Boulevard Zen Foundation, a charity teaching yoga to women and children survivors of domestic violence.
Since 2006, Rich has taught more than 25,000 yoga students in over 2,200 classes throughout the United States. His passion for fitness and healthy living has also thrived for the past half-century, including 40 years of weightlifting to compliment his 12 years of yoga. Rich holds certifications as a Yoga Teacher (200 hours), Personal Trainer and Cycling Instructor. His penchant for changing the world was evidenced by his most recent Reality TV series pilot, YogaStyles of Rich and the Almost Famous: Chicago. It was also in Chicago where Rich created his fitness style of Tola Yoga, designed to give you the best yoga workout in the world.
A Screen Actors Guild member since 2009, Rich spent five 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 (2009).
Rich also loves to rock-it on the radio! His weekly show, Tola Talks, is all about inspiring listeners with his “21st Century Talk for a No Bullshit World” (every Monday at 4p PST on LATalkRadio.com Channel 2). Rich also enjoys standup comedy and produced a monthly show while living in Chicago, The Royal Talent Showcase, featuring The Windy City’s best up-and-coming comedians and musicians.
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 YorkCity Real Estate Broker and high-flying internet entrepreneur. In the early 2000’s before moving to Hollywood, Rich was an award-winning real estate developer specializing in 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!”
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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.