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.
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.
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.
“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.