March News & Updates

Featured in this issue: Monthly Specials • Exciting Workshops and Classes

We are so grateful for your support and nominations and madly excited to help you enter the spring feeling fabulous! Take advantage of these amazing specials asap!!!

Very Special Thank You Special!

Thank you SO much for voting us again the #1 yoga studio for 2022...that's #1 5 of 6 years, with runner-up the 6th year!

And for Diana...voted #1 Yoga Instructor 2022 and for 5 of 6 years, too, with the 6th year as runner-up!

As a Huge "Thank You!" Until March 3rd only:

Buy $100 and get $100 in system credit! Only 1 per client!

PLUS… stop in SOON to get your “thank you” gift from us! Limited quantities… come on in!

March Madness Special

Only available until March 10th


Purchase any 10 class package and get 5 classes FREE! 

* Good for 4 months from date of purchase 


Purchase 5 private sessions with any of our trainers and get 1 FREE! 

* 1/2 system credit can be used for this very special offer! 

* Call the studio for this special offer

Thanks for supporting us!

Nominations are being accepted for The Toledo Blade Reader's Choice Awards. Please Nominate Us "Best Yoga Studio" & "Best Fitness Facility"

Thank you for your support!

Letter From Diana

We get to choose how to be while doing anything.

Being in a complete state of gratitude as I’m writing this to you all. It’s my choice. Being in a state of unconditional love as I work through my day at the studio. It’s my choice. Being in a state of vast charity while driving my car to and from anywhere. It’s my choice. Being in a state of ease and full support while listening to a friend talk as she is crying because she just lost her husband. It’s my choice.

So much has happened over the last month that has reminded me often to take a pause and set my intention and energetic state of being before doing. The fabulous article that I am so grateful for from The Blade, the wonderful event at The Toledo Zoo, and receiving the news of the nominations through the City Paper…all of them bringing a state of joy and gratitude. The pause to remember the hard work, sacrifices and support by so many and to allow the joy to penetrate every cell of my being: Then, waking up in the middle of the night hearing my son’s very shook voice right after he was in a car accident. The pause to take a long smooth breath and to stay with my exhales as I ask him questions and give him clarity as to what to do and allow grace and gratitude to flood me for hearing his voice, knowing he’s ok.

We get to choose how to be. We don’t get to choose all that unfolds or the doings, but the state of being is where our power sits and what our being decides how to function from. It takes practice to hear a loved one’s shaking voice, sense the fear and tension start to build in the body, then to instantly take a pause to choose how to be via the breath and relaxation response. This is living yoga…not just practicing on our mats or in a meditation practice. This is the exact essence of true peace. When there’s no noise or trouble, it’s our practicing ground. It’s where we can explore all the sensations safely by knowing we are in a safe place and time. Then, we begin to add the practices to daily occurrences.

This is the essence of yoga. It is not a faith-based system… it is a repertoire of practices that bring us well-being and ease as we live and do. It teaches and allows us to use our free will to choose and sustain our state of being and to live all the unfoldings in a way that preserves our health and well-being versus breaking it down. No wonder it has been practiced for thousands of years and continues today. Those that have embarked on this self-study and self-care practice have witnessed such powerful awakenings within themselves…sometimes so powerful there are no words.

We’d love to have you join us at the studio for classes, privates, or the yoga teacher training program (most take this program for themselves and their own journey with no expectation to teach).

Choose how you’d like to be now. Carry it with you through the day no matter what comes. Stay with the breath and keep it long and smooth…it will guide you well.

Namaste 🙏🏻


Recent Happenings + News

Last week Diana and Carol enjoyed a community class to support our Toledo Zoo at their Slow Brew event! It was a wonderful morning and we got to meet so many in our community! 

Did you see us in the Toledo Blade last week?

Click to read:

Good vibrations: Sound is powerful, according to therapy practitioners

Upcoming Workshops • Learning • Experiences

Have you tried our Pilates Mat w/Fascia Training class yet? Now with an evening option!

Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30, come see what all love about this class! She holds the morning one on Mondays at 9:30am and there are sometimes 30+ people between the studio and on Zoom! 

**IMPORTANT: If you have not taken this class before, there is equipment needed. We do not have equipment to borrow and Diana uses all that is in this list each class. If you have any questions, please let us know. 


Announcing 2023 Silent Retreat Dates!

May 12-14, 2023

Sept. 22-24, 2023

Check in 4-5pm Friday

Check out 3:30pm Sunday

Lial Renewal Center in Whitehouse, Ohio

Book time for yourself to renew, restore, relax, and energetically cleanse in so many ways!

Silent retreats provide space for participants to experience the powerful impact of having an extended time and space to restore. Past participants are so amazed at the power of this retreat and many have attended more than one! The foods are wholesome and delicious (vegan/gluten-free), the grounds are stunning and so calming, and the guided meditations and practices will restore and relax you. Diana shares many techniques for finding balance, and her private energy sessions are powerful for those that choose to add them on.

New Price

Private Room with own private bathroom:

$550 (includes both nights, all 6 meals, and all that the retreat has to offer)

Email Diana with more questions:

Join Diana Spiess for a workshop that goes into so much detail about functional medicine and health. She will cover topics such as: 

* nutrition

* hormones

* gut health 

* metabolism and all this really entails

* supplementation: why & how & when 

* the blood-brain barrier, mental health & neuroplasticity

* all the reasons for good sleep

* movement for health functions throughout the entire body

* ...much much more. 


Diana has decades of experience in many modalities and has helped her clients over-come serious health conditions and find true balance and health in their bodies. 


Sign up online or call the studio. Spaces are limited. 

** Zoom option available.

Join Diana Spiess for this super informative and practice-filled workshop on what is now thought of as the most exciting, new frontier of understanding our bodies and they way they move, process energy, evolve, and sense the world inside and around us. 


Diana has 32 years of experience teaching and training 1000's of clients: children, teens, adults, athletes, clinical and medical needs, and pre/post natal. Her extensive background in numerous modalities comes with her into all of her trainings and classes. Come explore many new ways to bring mobility, strength, awareness, balance, hydration, detoxification and much more to your body and health. 

Sign up online or call the studio 419-873-6463

**Zoom option available.



Live Podcast with Diana Spiess

Time: Mar 26, 2023 07:00 PM Eastern Time


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 886 2921 8840

Listen to episodes at:

Catch up on previous episodes!

Motivational Moments: Understanding our Subtle Anatomy" (air date 12.05)

Motivational Moments: Instead of saying "I want to lose weight..." (air date 10.27)

Motivational Moments (LIVE) with Diana Spiess: The Stress, Itself, is Not the Issue (air date 10.01)

Yoga and Pilates Trainings

The Pilates Essential/Beginner Reformer Course is now available!

Sign up here and see details!

Pilates CCB (Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels) Training to begin January 7th!

Contact Diana for details and questions:

Trauma-Sensitive Teacher Training Level 2

Will be offered again soon!

Contact Diana for details and questions: 

Learn more!

Is this the year you say yes to YTT?

2023 200HR YTT Dates

  • Jan. 20-22nd 
  • Feb. 17-19 
  • March 17-19
  • April 21-23
  • May 19-21 
  • June Sunday 25
  • (independent work to be done) 
  • July Sunday 30
  • (independent work to be done) 
  • August 25-27
  • Sept. 21-24 (Graduation Weekend)

Thursdays 5:30-9

 * (Graduation weekend only)

Fridays 5:30-9

Saturdays 11am-6:30pm

Sundays 10am-5pm 

If you are interested in joining us for 2023 in January or for the 300-hour training, please email Diana... folks are already reserving their spots!

Our 300hr program can be started at any time. It is for those that have completed a 200hr program already.

See more of the Lead Instructor's background here:

Essence of Wellness Health Coaching

This is a 5-month-long integrative, functional, and all-inclusive health coaching program from your own home or anywhere you are! The program is flexible, so you can start at the beginning of any month. Start now— what are you waiting for?

  • Cost for a 5-Month Health Coaching Program is $650
  • Cost for 5 private sessions with Diana is: $654.75

Join a community specifically focused on improving health and well-being and begin to feel empowered to make lifestyle, nutrition, exercise, and many more life adjustments that you find might help you live a healthier, happier journey.

See all of Diana's credentials and experience here: Diana's Web Site

Recipe of the Month

Creamy Dreamy Chocolate Strawberry Cake

(Vegan + GF + No Bake)

This delicious dessert is sure to be a hit at spring parties and events!

Get the Recipe

View our Recipe Archive Here:

Click to View All of the Recipes from 2021

Join Us Online for Great Classes on Zoom!
Important Zoom Class Reminders: 

  • For those participating via zoom, you must be visible on camera. We can not allow participants coming on with us without a camera option going forward for safety reasons.
  • Be signed up at least 2 hours before the class begins
  • Zoom link will be sent about 1 hour before class begins to your email 
  • Be signed in 15 minutes before class 
  • Ask all in your home to be off the internet for best reception for Zoom classes 
  • You will be on mute during Zoom classes and can send a chat message to the instructor if needed. 
  • For yoga classes, please leave savasana at the beginning or stay on the entire time to avoid being disruptive to the class. 
Here are links to products that Diana uses daily!

Reminder! Keep your Valuables Safe.

Please consider keeping valuables and things you do not need in your trunk or at home when coming to the studio. Due to space and safety concerns, we cannot have extra belongings in the rooms while classes are going on. Although we take pride in our amazing community and studio, Essence is not responsible for lost or stolen items, and we are hoping to help you prevent any issues while also keeping the studio safe and spacious for everyone.
Studio Policies

No recordings, photos, or copying of classes, workshops, or private sessions without written permission from the owner. Please leave all cellular devices on silent/off and in your bag during sessions/classes.

In order to make the space comfortable for everyone, please refrain from wearing colognes or perfumes to class.

Thank you! Namaste!

Standard Reception Hours

Mon-Fri 8:30-11:30am • Mon-Thurs 4:30-7:30pm • Sat 7:45am-11:30am
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