Jann Knappage

Jann has been practicing yoga for almost a decade. She finished her 200-hour yoga teacher training at the OM place, followed quickly by her 300 hour training in Bali. Jann was a competitive gymnast for over a decade and coached other elite gymnasts after hanging up her leotard.

Now, when she isn’t spending time on her yoga mat, she is usually thinking about food: how to grow it, how to cook it, how to make sure it’s accessible to all. During the daytime hours, Jann works for the University of KY’s Nutrition Education Program and in her evening and weekend hours you can find her working on her small farm just outside Winchester. She has a passion for loving people and uses both movement and food as avenues to do just that!  

Jann is a bubbly, open-hearted soul whose gift is making everyone feel welcome and capable on their mat.

Erin Smith, ERYT, MLS, CNT, author

Erin Smith,

Erin Smith, ERYT500, CNL, MLS, is the happy owner of the OM place. She is a therapeutically-inclined yoga teacher, certified mindfulness coach, women’s wellness coach, and the host of the OM channel, an online yoga and mindfulness channel. She is the published author of Sensible Wellness and a weekly columnist about living with purpose for the Winchester Sun (and Kentucky’s 2018 Newspaper Columnist of the Year)! She developed and implemented the BE project, a science-based mindful schools program currently in use in several school districts.

Her passion is helping people make friends with present-moment awareness, eat real food, move their bodies, get outside, and hit the pillow a little earlier. When she’s not standing on her head or typing on her trusty laptop, you’ll find her reading, playing guitar, hiking in the woods, enjoying a glass of bourbon, or snuggling with her people and pets. If you want to make her smile, ask her what she is reading.

Judy Ridings, RYT

Judy is naturally drawn to opportunities for laughter, learning & growth, particularly those related to health and wholeness. Her own experience of the energizing, calming, strengthening, balancing benefits of yoga fuels her enthusiasm and passion for sharing practice with others through teaching. Off the mat, you can find this wife to George and mom to daughters Caroline and Emily digging in her garden, experimenting with new recipes in her kitchen, exploring farmers’ markets & locally-owned restaurants, reading a great book, and playing the piano and singing.   Although she especially loves preparing healthy, organic meals, she’s been known to lure friends and family to their home with baked goods and her famous sweet tea.

Chris Ruble, CPT

Chris is a personal trainer at the OM place three days a week and a graduate of the OM place 200 hour yoga teacher training program. Most of his career has been spent working in the healthcare industry. He believes that a lifestyle that supports physical fitness is essential to a high quality of living. Chris is passionate about creating enjoyable, yet challenging programs that help his clients reach their specific fitness goals like weight loss, strength training, or general health maintenance. When he’s not in the gym, Chris enjoys a good hike or jog outdoors, but will gladly sit for hours at a time playing one of his many board games.

Cindy Reed, LPP, ERYT

Cindy Reed is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters Degree from the University of Kentucky. She practices Yoga with a Heart Open Philosophy- a commitment to use the physical practice of Yoga to cultivate joy and increased energy – opening to the beauty and opportunity of the world in front of us. Cindy has been teaching Yoga since 2003 and her Teacher Training background includes study with Judith Lasater, Angela Farmer and Amanda McMaine. Her Yoga instruction is mindfulness based, basic level and focused on breath awareness- while building flexibility and strength in a nurturing environment. Cindy’s clinical practice focuses on reducing the symptoms of anxiety and PTSD and she is retained on staff at the Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center for this expertise. Private/ individual sessions are among the services that she offers at the OM place, using the practices of mindfulness and yoga to move clients toward personal goals and reduce symptoms of anxiety.

David Smith, MSPT

David is a Physical Therapist with a specialization in Orthopedics, as well as a Massage Therapist. He currently works at the local hospital with the elderly and is known for providing hope to patients and their families in times of crisis and need. He has studied yoga for 20 years and uses his knowledge of deep tissue bodywork, Myofascial Release, and kinesio taping in his bodywork. A runner himself, David’s bodywork is perfect for injured athletes looking to get back in their game. When he’s not in down dog, you can usually find him on the couch, listening to heavy metal and rooting on the Miami Dolphins.