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    Join Yoga Garden and its growing community of yogis and yoginis.

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    Work at your own pace through the online material to deepen your practice or compliment your teacher training program.

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    Membership into this program is through an Application process.

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    Handouts, Essays, Articles, Videos, Audio, Homework and more!

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    Yoga Garden is a Yoga Alliance certified and registered RYS-200 & RYS-500 studio.

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Live Your Yoga & Teacher Training Program

Welcome to Live Your Yoga & Teacher Training with Dharma Richards, ERYT-500 and Yoga Garden.  The purpose of this online membership resource is multifaceted in that it is open to teacher trainees and students alike.  This 36-week Certification and Continuing Education program offers complimentary training resources to our teacher trainees, for students looking to deepen their knowledge of yoga, and for teachers obtaining CEU’s.   Because of the personal instruction and formality of the course, space is limited and acceptance into the program is through an application process.  For more information on our Live Your Yoga Teacher Training & CEU program, or to receive an application, please email us:


Practice becomes firmly rooted when attended to for a long period of time, without interruption and with complete devotion. –Yoga Sutra 1:14

Om Shanti, Peace.


Dharma RichardsNamaste.  My name is Dharma Richards and I am the owner of Yoga Garden in Apex, N.C.  It is my life’s dream and mission to share the wisdom and benefits of yoga and spiritual practice to as many people as I can. Being a studio owner and ERYT-500 instructor, Yoga Garden is a Yoga Alliance registered school at both the RYS200 & RYS500 levels. I incorporate a Classical Hatha-Raja style of teaching which encourages organic movement and an open heart as I routinely lead students through nurturing practices of pranayama/breathwork, asana/physical postures, and dhyana/meditation.  My studies continue at the North Carolina School of Yoga with my beloved teacher Chandra Om, senior disciple of Sri Dharma Mittra as well as in the Kundalini lineage with HarDarshan Khalsa.  My certifications also include Kundalini Yoga, Core Strength Vinyasa, Prenatal, Children’s, Vinyasa, Yin, and Yoga Warriors (for PTSD).  Other specialized certifications include Core Strength Vinyasa by Sadie Nardini, Relax & Renew Instructor by Judith Lasater, Reiki Master and continued studies in Thai Massage (Nuad Boran).  For detailed information, see my studio website, Yoga Garden of Apex, and personal website (link

With other on-line courses we provide our current students, Mindful Muse retreat and Live Your Yoga Now, it is with great pleasure that we now offer an in-depth, well-rounded, and authentic yogic studies that incorporate the whole of the Science of Yoga.  My intention behind this program is to offer an affordable and flexible option to students interested in finding wisdom, joy, serenity, peace and happiness in their everyday lives.

For further details on the program, please continue down the page.  If you have any questions, please email me directly at, or post a message through VYou on the sidebar.  As a teacher trainee, I make every effort to be available at your request in a timely manner.

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TOPICS & SUBJECTS COVERED(some topics on-site only)

Videos, Audios, Handouts, and Forms will provide information on:

Postures & Sequencing

Breathwork and Meditation Techniques

Beginning & Intermediate Sequences

Adjustments & Modifications

Student Assisting & Teaching

Developing a Daily Practice & Practice Journal

Yoga History, Philosophy & Lifestyle

Ethical Guidelines

Styles & Types of Yoga

Karma Yoga & Selfless Service


Yama & Niyama and the 8-Limbed Path of Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras




Yoga Nidra & Relaxation

Yin Yoga

Restorative   Yoga

Yogic Nutrition

Auryvedic Principles


Business of Yoga

Teaching Circles

Continued Education Recommendations

Ancient Texts & Scriptural Studies

Anatomy & Physiology

Intro to Prenatal

Homework and Practice Assignments

… and more!



Access to Mindful Muse rEtreat

Yoga Nidra CD



Every week you will have access to new material.  Once you receive your login information, you can log in every 7 days to view, study and review the materials.  All previous videos, audios, handouts and forms will be accessible through the duration of the program.



v  Daily Asana, Pranayama & Meditation Practice (home study or in class setting)

v  8 required textbooks (not included in tuition; list will be give upon acceptance of Application, approx. $100)

v  Multiple research papers and class reviews

v  Karma Yoga – minimum of 9 hours volunteer service

v  Student assisting & teaching internship towards the end of program

v  Access to computer, camera and ability to send photos online



Students looking to deepen their personal yoga practice*

Students with at least 6 months of dedicated yoga practice with RYT teacher looking to take steps towards a teaching career.

Teachers acquiring CEU’s for Yoga Alliance

Teacher Trainees through Yoga Garden are immediately enrolled

*The tuition for this online course will be credited towards future Live Your Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Garden



Non-Contact CEU’s – 72-120hrs.

Yoga Teacher Training Certificate of Completion

RYT-230 for Students Currently Enrolled in on-site Live Your Yoga Training Program



Complete and submit an Application.  Because of the personal instruction and formality of the course, space is limited and acceptance into the program is through an application process.  For an application, Click Here (link to: …) or email  Once an application is received, allow 3-5 days for approval.  A confirmation email will be sent once an application is received.  Upon approval of application, email confirmation will include a Required Reading List as well as online membership login information.



Once your application is approved, you may choose the Investment Option below that best fits your needs:

Investment Option 1:  $ 525 one-time payment

Investment Option 2:  $ 64/month, for 9-month period, auto-renewal

*Online Membership is included for students currently enrolled in on-site Live Your Yoga Training Program at Yoga Garden.


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