No doubt, Tola Yoga is that. For less than your pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks, come treat yourself to the best. Peace – R
Over the past 11 years I’ve had the pleasure of teaching some really inspiring students from NYC to LA to Chicago to Seattle – and several places in between – who make it all worth while.
Thanks for the memories everyone, and especially these kind words. Peace – R
“When I walk into Rich’s class feeling emotionally weak, without a doubt, every week, at the end of the hour, I feel stronger and more confident.” – Adriana R.
“Thank you so much for filling our little Seattle yoga class with such wonderful joy & skills. You are AMAZING and I have learned a ton!” – Sallie B.
“Rich is a master at sequencing poses. My body always feels great for hours after class.” – Lauren A.
“It’s very well-structured, plus I get a great full-body workout every time I take Rich’s class. He’s the best!” – Vika L.
“After 10 years, I took my practice to a new level when I started taking Tola Yoga classes.” – Rhonda C.
“Tola Yoga is effective in strengthening and stretching every part of your body, plus it’ll make you sweat!” – Ron W.
“Rich’s classes are transformative.” – Jeremy S.
“Thank you for your classes and training this past year. I spent six weeks after knee surgery without putting any weight on my left leg, and because of your super long standing sequences, my right leg was strong enough to carry me throughout. For that I am grateful.” – Ananya D.
If there’s one piece of advice I can give – other than workout everyday and live by Yoga principles to build a strong body clear mind – it’s these three words:
Explore the world.
I just spent the past three days in Vancouver, Canada exploring a plethora of neighborhoods like Gastown, Downtown, Coal Harbor, West End, Davie Village, Yaletown, Kitsilano and Mt. Pleasant. An amazing 25 miles worth of walking around one of the most beautiful, clean, vibrant and fashionable cities I’ve ever lived or visited. There’s been quite a few.
In Vancouver you’ll find tons of great shops and eateries and cool street fashion that had me people watching as much as checking out the sleek modern architecture that’s everywhere.
There’s also tons of little parks and beaches and public art that seem to pop-up out of nowhere. Like the A-maze-ing Laughter in Morton Park consisting of 14 enormous bronze statues – in all different poses – of a shirtless guy laughing hysterically. And what a great way to get your daily workout in. By kicking-the-bricks, as we used to say back in my NYC real estate days.
Speaking of which, Vancouver also has that international cosmopolitan feel, much like Manhattan and Chicago. Plus, the hi-rise apartment building where I stayed had one of those old-school Universal weight machines and some dumbbells, which came in handy every morning. Add to that a yoga class, or better yet, a free 30-minute Tola Yoga class, and voila, you’re set!
So pack your bags, pick your destination, and do a little exploring on your own.
Peace – R
Many years ago, my sister gave me this polished piece of black stone inscribed with this:
I’ve keep it by my bed ever since, to remind me of what should be. For everyone on the planet.
Hey, what do you expect coming from a Yoga dude who’s been practicing and teaching this mind-body-spirit, self-love and self-respect, “it’s a lifestyle” practice for over twelve years.
Think about it. Wouldn’t life be grand If you shared the very best of you…all the time. You know the one: upbeat, positive, smiling, confident, respectful and considerate. To name a few.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone…hope you’re having an awesome day!
I’m looking forward to returning to NYC next week and will be performing at the EastVille Comedy Club on 85 E. 4th Street next Tuesday, May 12th starting at 6p. My next LA show will be at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank on Saturday, May 23rd from 7:30-9p in the YooHoo Room.
Good stuff all around as I continue to write new Stand-up material and learn that just because you have a great Topic and a Premise, doesn’t mean you’ll have a great joke. Thus the need to keep re-working your material again and again, once you’ve tried it in public.
Like I did at my recent Flappers show on April 24th. It’s always a rush when you get when you get up on stage, plus you learn a lot about what jokes are working as well as get accustomed to both hot and cold audiences. Quite a journey, and one that gets better with each performance.
Keep believing you can & sit tall in the saddle. And don’t forget your daily workout! Peace – R
Tola Talks about how breast feeding longer can make you smarter, changing your brown eyes to blue, and the Eastern Washington University basketball coach guaranteeing a win over Georgetown tonight. Plus, its Throwback Thursday so check-out the highlights of 1995 – for all you teenage YouTubers who weren’t even born yet! Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks
Tola Talks about Delta Air Lines skidding off the runway in NYC, angry patrons suing in Portland, Hilary Clinton’s private emails, and circus Elephants getting released from their shackles. It’s also Throwback Thursday, so we’re talking stand-up comedy and the legendary Andy Kaufman, plus one of Thoroughbred Horse Racing’s greatest treasures, Seattle Slew.
Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks
Tola Talks kudos to Michael Jordan for making the Forbes World’s Richest Billionaires list for the first time and IHOP for free pancakes on National Pancake Day. Plus exploding iPhones, Jon Stewart kicking the “cojones” out of WWE’s Seth Rollins, and the Top 10 Family Charity Ideas.
Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks
Tola Talks about the Top 10 Reasons Why We Fall in Love, the steamy (Victoria Secret) and funny (Kim Kardashian) new Super Bowl ads, plus the polyamorous woman in San Francisco with a fiance, a girlfriend she loves, a regular once-a-month boyfriend, and whoever else comes along that floats her boat. Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks. All social: @richtola