About the Author
A former Wall Street Junk Bond salesman turned author, actor and Yoga teacher with a desire to change the world, Rich Tola has worked in all aspects of entertainment. Upon completion of his film, Boulevard Zen (2009), Rich founded The Boulevard Zen Foundation to teach the benefits of Yoga to women and children survivors of domestic violence. From humble beginnings in Trenton, NJ, Rich played baseball and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton) and received his MBA from Northwestern University (Kellogg). Before moving to Hollywood in 2007, Rich worked on Wall Street, traveled the world as an International Finance Consultant, founded an Internet company, and worked in Real Estate brokerage and inner-city property re-development. While living in NYC in 2005, Rich tried Yoga and was hooked. Eighteen months later he moved West and made Boulevard Zen, the inspiration for his charity. By teaching total body awareness and self-respect, The Boulevard Zen Foundation empowers women and children to embrace a daily fitness program and a lifestyle that’s based on Yoga principles. Rich’s “anybody can do it” positive and precise teaching style reinforce his belief that anything is possible if you set your sights and try. Rich has spent over 12,000 hours training in gyms and health clubs around the world, and has taught more than 15,000 Yoga students since becoming a 200-hour certified teacher. His unique, Yoga-based, low-impact workouts are for anyone regardless of size, weight, age, or gender. His trademark mantra, Strong Body-Clear Mind, is the basis for his teachings. Rich also founded Two Strike Hitter, the production company behind Boulevard Zen, Rich Tola’s Yoga Survival Guide, and Rich Tola’s 15 Minute Fat Burning Workouts. 10% of all DVD and book sales are donated to the foundation. Visit Rich’s YouTube Channel: BoulevardZen, for his new web series "STAY ZEN" and to workout for 100 days in a row with "Rich Tola’s 5 Minute Fat Burning Workouts: 100 Workouts in 100 Days." Checkout his website, RichTola.com, for more stories, pictures and videos.