My life's colorful journey has taken me to Austin, TX, where I'm teaching my fitness style of Tola Yoga as well as developing the Pilot for our scripted comedy, Honey I'm OM. Previously, I spent the past three years in Chicago, Seattle and LA where I taught Tola Yoga to more than 10,000 students and produced the Reality TV series pilot, YogaStyles of RICH and the Almost Famous: Chicago.
Since becoming a Yoga teacher in 2006, I've taught more than 25,000 students in over 2,200 classes throughout the US and produced more than 30 hours of instructional Fitness & Yoga content including my film, Boulevard Zen (2009). I also started a charity to teach the benefits of Yoga to women and children survivors of domestic violence, The Boulevard Zen Foundation.
Previously I hosted my talk show, Tola Talks, on LATalkRadio where I interviewed more than 50 high profile guests including Stage 32 founder Richard RB Botto, singer/songwriter Cooper Phillip, celebrity photographer Scott Nathan, beauty expert John Francis and best selling author Jen Sincero, before moving to YouTube.com/TolaTalks.
I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and my MBA from Northwestern University (Kellogg). In the 80's I 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 I was a top-producing New York City Real Estate broker and a high-flying internet entrepreneur. In the 2000's I was an award-winning Historic Landmark property developer before moving to Hollywood in 2007.
My heartfelt 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 true story of perseverance, spiritual awakening, and defying conventional wisdom to follow your dreams.
Name: Rich Tola
Lives in: Austin, Texas
Company: Two Strike Hitter Productions
Occupation: Content Creator, Producer and Director
Unique traits: Yoga Guru
Los Angeles Magazine's "One of LA's Top 3 Sexiest Men"
The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania
The Kellogg School at Northwestern University