What is YARA

“Each and every one of us

makes a difference each and everyday.

And we have a choice.

What kind of difference are we going to make?"

-Jane Goodall

To find out & leave yourself inspired-

Please watch this incredible, moving video created by The Inspiration Journey,

narrated by top primatologist and pioneer of hope through action, Jane Goodall:

YARA is a community

Our organization weaves together education, self care, service, and action.

YARA is a grassroots organization aligning the practice of yoga with animal rights activism and the fight for all marginalized beings. 

This is a dream of awakening people to the realities of our actions.

This work is advocating for those who have been misunderstood, mistreated, and neglected.

This work is for seekers.

Do you want to join us?

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Ways you can get involved now


Mae Rim & Little One

need your help


Yoga and Animal Rights Alliance brought these two rescues back from The Elephant Nature Park Dog Rescue outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand. There are 600 dogs needing rescue at this no kill shelter and most are adopted out internationally. YARA has brought 5 dogs back from Thailand. These two are the latest.

Chiklet, a.k.a Little One, is feral and lives outside at Sweethome's sanctuary and we are working with a behavioralist to help her gain trust and heal from PTSD. Our goal is to build a trusting relationship so that by the fall she will be at ease coming inside and living a comfortable life -- with dog walks and receiving love from humans. 

Mae Rim, a.k.a Red Fox, is quite old and shows signs of dementia, yet is happy to be here. She sleeps in bed with Sweethome and gets along with everyone. Due to being a street dog for most of her life and scavenging to survive, her teeth are rotten and she experiences pain. many of the teeth need to be extracted. There is a hefty fee for this work to be done, but when it is, she will be out of pain and we hope it might relieve some of the signs of dementia. 

This campaign has been created to raise money for continued support from the behavioralist and to help cover the costs of veterinary care. We estimate $1500 for the teeth extractions and $500 for the behavioralist. 

We are a non profit in need of support through financial donation as well as volunteer work.

Any amount of help, monetary or social media sharing, is greatly appreciated! 

We are always looking for volunteers, as well, contact by emailing: sweethome@teacupyoga.com

Weekly Yoga Classes

This is the line up for regular classes in Portland when Sweethome is in town. Go to upcoming events  to find her schedule for retreats and courses.



7:30-8:45 am               PEOPLES YOGA (Killingsworth)


9:30-10:45 am             NORTH PORTLAND YOGA


 9:30-11:00 am            PEOPLES YOGA (Killingsworth)



7:30-8:45 am               PEOPLES YOGA (Killingsworth)


                                                           NO SCHEDULED CLASSES

                                                                       Private lessons are $90/hour and Sweethome donates 50% of every private hour to

                                                                       Yoga & Animal Rights Alliance our non-profit 501c3 located in Portland, OR.                              





                                                           NO SCHEDULED CLASSES

                                                                       Private lessons are $90/hour and Sweethome donates 50% of every private hour to

                                                                       Yoga & Animal Rights Alliance our non-profit 501c3 located in Portland, OR.         


10:00-11:30 am             NORTH PORTLAND YOGA