Thank you Seattle…until we meet again!

Top of Denny Way in Capitol Hill looking West

Thank you Seattle, for a wonderful six months of teaching yoga to well over 1,000 students in exactly 136 classes. Because as you may already know, I’ll be returning to my beloved Los Angeles (aka Home) where I first began teaching my fitness style of yoga in 2007 before it was even known as Tola Yoga.

And who says you can’t have a blast walking around and exploring Seattle in the rain? Plus, you never really get those torrential downpours like Chicago does, so who needs protection? Seattleites with an umbrella, that’s something you rarely see. I guess that’s why people would always ask, “You’re not from around here, right?” With my black leather jacket and biker boots and carrying a red umbrella, go figure. Or maybe it was just my California tan 🙂

Relaxing in Martin Luther King Jr. Park looking North

And what a great place to stay in shape and to keep moving forward, or I shall I say, upward…on the plethora of hills that traverse the Emerald City.

No doubt your butt works overtime in this town. I should know, I’ve walked more neighborhoods than Oprah has houses (well, maybe not) and loved every minute of it!

But what I’ll miss most – other than my yoga students, especially Charisma, Jodi and Sallie who never missed a class – are the amazing views of downtown Seattle you get just by walking around or lounging in Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, including my three favorites you see here.

40th & Stone Way in Fremont looking South

So thanks Seattle, and until we meet again I wish you the very best. Continue growing and providing your good citizens with more great buildings, parks, restaurants, culture, grunge-free fashion and of course, a Tola Yoga studio in the near future.

Hey, ya neva know!

Peace – R

 

Looking Good and Feeling Serendipitous Wearing prAna

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 07/13/16

YogaStyles of RICH and the Almost Famous Sports prAna Attire

Chicago, IL: As the cast and crew of the new Reality TV series, YogaStyles of RICH and the Almost Famous, gets ready to film their Pilot episode throughout the streets of Chicago, the show’s creator and world’s greatest Yogatainer, Rich Tola, exemplifies that good fortune can also be derived from the clothes you wear.

For Rich and his band of rockstar yoginis who plan to inspire audiences with his one simple mantra: Yoga…Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere, that means doing so while wearing versatile, stylish, vibrant and sustainable clothing designed and manufactured by prAna.

“We’re super excited to be wearing prAna in our Chicago premiere,” says Tola. “And it’s quite serendipitous to say the least, because in 2005 when I purchased my very first Yoga apparel it was prAna. That’s right, a pair of recycled wool capris for men and an organic cotton shirt displaying these two very simple, yet very powerful words…Be Present.”

Rich and his band of beautiful “Yoga babes” appropriately called The Namaste Five, will stylishly demonstrate challenging Yoga poses and sequences with Rich leading the charge. While most of his teaching will be done to unsuspecting residents and tourists nearby historic landmarks and major attractions, Rich and his prAna-clad yoginis will take you to a new level, “We’ll show you how to make the hard stuff look easy and look good at the same time,” Tola said.

Yoga expert and lifelong fitness virtuoso, Rich Tola aims to teach everyone on the planet the fundamentals of the 6,000 year-old practice with his unique, workout style of Tola Yoga. “It doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing, anybody can benefit from five minutes of Yoga, and I will prove that. Fire up your body and fire up your day with a simple Warrior II or Triangle pose, plus it’ll help reinforce a clear and positive mindset,” declares Tola.

Since becoming a Certified Yoga Teacher in 2006, Rich has taught more than 25,000 students in over 2,000 classes throughout the United States. He has also produced nearly 30 hours of instructional DVDs including his film, Boulevard Zen, and his video encyclopedia of 100 Yoga poses, Rich Tola’s Yoga Survival Guide, including Bus Stop Yoga, Traffic Yoga, Office Yoga, Shower Yoga and Watching the Ellen Show Yoga.

Inquiries: Angie Lee Chastain | producers@yogastyles.tv

Tola Talks with Reena De Asis of Dress For Success


Tola Talks with Reena De Asis, Director of the nonprofit organization Dress for Success, dedicated to empowering disadvantaged women with the attire and the tools to help them thrive in work and in life. On Whatever Wednesdays, Rich also talks about North Korea leader Kim Jung Un & his ankle cyst, NASA rocket explosions & International Space Station, Ferrari & it’s split from parent Fiat Chrysler, new suicide apps & Twitter, Walmart & Fat Girl Costumes, plus the GYST Award to Monday’s disappearing Dad who resurfaced 110 miles away.

Watch weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks.

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Tola Talks All Things 1981 on Throwback Thursdays

 

Tola Talks celebrity Penthouse purchases in The Big Apple (Jennifer Lopez), today’s partial Solar eclipse, paper classes for athletes at the University of North Carolina, female football players kicking 42 yard field goals, and Canadian heroes at the Parliament. On Throwback Thursdays, Rich takes us back to his senior year in High School and all things 1981, including major world events, technological advances, pop culture, fashion, music, film and television.

Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks.

Tola Talks' Rich Tola on Throwback Thursday
Tola Talks’ Rich Tola on Throwback Thursday