Three-week-old baby goat inside the JAMS barn that practiced in its first yoga class on Saturday.
A Nebraska couple recently began offering goat yoga at the family's farm just outside of Omaha.
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JAMS Goat Yoga of Omaha is owned by Michelle and Art Swoboda hosted their first goat yoga class of the season on April 10. Photo by Sophie Lawton.

A Nebraska couple is offering what some might consider an unusual service for yoga enthusiasts.

Art and Michelle Swoboda recently opened a new goat yoga business at the family’s farm just outside of Omaha. JAMS Goat Yoga provides a new way for animal lovers and yoga enthusiasts to connect.

The Swoboda family founded the business in memory of their grandmother.

“I know my mother-in-law would scoff at the idea of having goat yoga in her memory, but she would also be happy knowing we came together for her,” Michelle Swoboda said.

JAMS  is a combination of the Swoboda families’ names.

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As part of the yoga classes, goats stand on the backs of the participants. JAMS has 10 trained Nigerian dwarf goats as co-teachers to help add some extra weight to the typical poses. Photo by Sophie Lawton

Michelle said most goats wouldn’t jump on a person, so the family has trained them with food.

“One of the goats that was in this class was just trained two nights ago,” Art Swoboda said.

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Pictured is a three-week-old baby goat inside the JAMS barn that practiced in its first yoga class on Saturday. Photo by Sophie Lawton

In the fall, JAMS held their goat yoga program inside the family’s barn, but due to an overwhelming interest in their practice, they had to move it down to the fenced-in pen.

“Even on days that we would have 25 people sign up, we would get 30 or more that would show up so we’d have to split them up,” Michelle Swoboda said.

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JAMS yoga classes are now held in a fenced-in greenspace on the Swoboda farm which provides the goats with free range of the class, and the yogis with 6-feet of social distance. Photo by Sophie Lawton.
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JAMS yoga instructor Hannah Stock takes a break to pet two of the goats helping in her class. Photo by Sophie Lawton.
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As the word keeps spreading about goat yoga, the Swoboda family hopes the future of JAMS will be filled with more laughter and goat-covered yoga students.Photo by Sophie Lawton.

“We want to keep going this way, we want to try and do two to three weekends out of the month, and then of course we do private classes as well,” Michelle Swoboda said.