September News & Updates

Featured in this issue: Monthly Specials • Exciting Workshops & NEW Trainings

Healthy Recipes • NEW Health Coaching Program Layout!

You work hard... and we are here to help you care for yourself!

Through September 10th:

🇺🇸 Purchase 10 regular or WOW/Reformer classes at 40% off!

  • These packages are good for 4 months from date of purchase 
  • These packages can be purchased until September 4th.

🇺🇸 Purchase 10 Private Sessions with One of our Trainers (Diana, Drew, or Madeleine) and get 10 FREE regular classes!

  • System Credit can be used for 1/2 of this special.
  • This special must be purchased at the studio or by phone only.
  • Classes are god for 4 months from date of purchase.
  • Those on our monthly membership can purchase 10 sessions at $140 off in place of the classes. This is only for those on membership.

Social Media Notice

For those who have been or would like to friend Diana on Facebook, her account was hacked and shut down due to the hacking. You can now friend her on her new account on the link below and/or join her on Instagram or Twitter (Now X). The studio links are also provided here. See you on social media!

Diana on Facebook

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Diana on Twitter (Now X) @dmspiess

Essence on Facebook

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Essence on Twitter (Now X) @essencemindbody

Thank You SO Much for Your Continued Support!

It is time to vote again for the Toledo City Paper Bests for 2023!

Click here to do your voting daily from all emails that you have!

Essence and our staff can be nominated as THE BEST in these categories:

* Yoga Studio

* Boutique Fitness Studio

* Holistic Health Center

* Yoga Instructor

* Persoanl Trainer

* Nutrition Counseling

Thank you!!

🎉🎊 Congrats! 🎊 🎉

Diana Spiess was Voted #1 Personal Trainer for the 5th year in a row and the studio was voted #1 Fitness Studio for Mature Living 2023! Thank you for all of your votes!

Take a look at all of our nominations in 2022 and 2023:

Toledo City Paper 2022:

* Diana Spiess #1 Yoga Instructor

* Essence #1 Yoga Studio

* Top 5: Diana Spiess Personal Trainer and Nutrition Specialist, Studio Fitness Boutique and Holistic Health Center

The Toledo Blade 2023:

* #1 Best Yoga Studio

* Finalist Best Fitness Center

Mature Living Magazine 2023:

* Diana Spiess #1 Personla Trainer

* Studio #1 Fitness Studio

So Much Beauty In Releasing.

It is such a beautiful, refreshing time of the year and my hope for you all is to find peace and relaxation in the process of releasing what no longer serves you at this time.

It may seem contradicting to some that the process of letting energies go in our lives that do not serve us any longer would bring joy. I often remind my clients that keeping items that do not serve any longer inhibits space for the new that is to be coming in. If you want new furniture in your living room, you would not keep the old and bring the new. We have such strong emotional sensations for the things, people, and events in our lives that sometimes it is hard to recognize that they need to move on to other areas of the universe and be transmuted for other processes or learning, growth, joy, and much more. The trees are teaching us this amazing wisdom very soon right before our eyes and the leaves will be transmuted through stunning beauty to the Earth to be used in the soil for many other things.

I'd be honored to have you join any of us here, at essence, through this powerful season as you release and enjoy the process of transmutation into new energies that are on your horizon. Many beautiful people, events, energies, and more are on their way to you and we are here to help you stay your course as all is shifting.

May you all have a fall season that fills your heart with joy, peace, and love.

In love and health,

Namaste 🙏🏻


NEW Classes with Diana!

Upcoming Workshops • Learning • Experiences

Chakras and Taoism Course w/Diana Spiess On Zoom

Cost: $175 per person (includes supplies and course) 

Times: Thursdays 7-8:30pm 

Dates: 9/28, 10/5, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2

See her background here at:

Email her with any questions here: 

Diana has offered this course for several years and many have done it more than once. Each year she adds in much more information; this year she will add in much about her newest healing method that includes chakras beyond those typically discussed and addressed. What will be covered: 

  • The 7 main chakras and our health and well-being 
  • Multiple chakras beyond the 7 main ones 
  • The main concepts of Taoism and how they can be used in daily life 
  • Ways to balance these areas of our being using yoga, crystals, essential oils, sound/frequency, chromotherapy, and more. 

Her work and credentials span decades and multiple modalities that she teaches from in all that she does. This sessions will be on Zoom for folks to enjoy from anywhere and she can mail supplies to those that need this. 

Usui Reiki 3 Master Level Certification

w/Master Teacher Diana Spiess 

October 22nd and 28th (Sunday and Saturday) Times: 12-3 Sunday and 10-2 Saturday.

Cost: $850 

Email Diana Spiess with any questions. 

Silent Retreats

Fall 2023: Sept. 22-24

Spring 2024: May 10-12

Fall 2024: Sept 27-29

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.

Private Room with own private bathroom:

$650 (includes both nights, all 6 meals, and all that the retreat has to offer)

Email Diana with more questions:

The Power and Mobility in the Hips
with Diana M. Spiess, M.S.

Date: Saturday, September 9th 

Time: 12-3pm 

Cost: $30 per person 

Join Diana Spiess, M.S., E-RYT 500hr, CMES, C-IAYT, for this amazing hip workshop where she will cover these amazing joints and powerful areas of our bodies! As a teacher and educator of multiple modalities of wellness and fitness for 30 years, Diana brings all perspectives to all that she teaches: the physical body, the energetic body, and the connections between all. She will explain the functionality of the hips (muscles, bones, fascia, joints) and the very powerful energy that needs to be running through this area of our body to maintain our wellbeing. When she offers these workshops, she brings it all to the table in ways that people can understand and make "ah-ha" awareness that allows for all to function better in their bodies and in their daily lives. 

Most recently, Diana has helped so many with lumbo pelvic (lower spine and pelvis) function including high-level golfers a client who is ranked in the top 10 high school sprinters in the USA. Come see how she works and let her help you attain the pain free movement and ease in your body. 


Receive ACE CEC’s, Yoga Alliance CEC’s, and/or IAYT CEC’s through Diana. Please email her if you need this before the workshop. 


To see all Diana is trained in, see more here:


Motivational Moments: Tournament Time

Join Diana Spiess for this powerful podcast about how we are way too often living in what she calls "tournament time" and trying to learn new skills during this time for self-care...this does not work. She gives wonderful analogies and helps the listeners gather very useful information to help pave the way for more balanced health and more ease in managing the "tournament times" in our lives.  

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)

Diana has been an active participant on the board for Avenues for Autism for the past 1.5 years and she, along with the Avenues Director and Social Worker, have organized sound therapy sessions for folks with Autism, Here are the details and how to sign up if you or someone you know is interested. Diana can be reach here with any questions:

Yoga and Pilates Trainings


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 out of 5

Review by Lori Smith on May 12, 2023

300hr YTT Training Program held Dec. 1, 2020– Dec. 31, 2022

"Diana Spiess leads an in-depth teacher training program, which challenges students to learn and put into practice those lessons. The flexibility regarding timing to complete the program is helpful, and Diana will work with students as needed. The weekend classes, anatomy intensives, Yoga Enthusiast Practice classes, and other specialty classes are fabulous options, allowing students to explore a variety of areas that can be developed further, if interested. I was challenged personally and professionally, which ultimately helped me become a better teacher. I’m also grateful for the opportunity to meet other teachers and develop friendships that will last well beyond the teacher training program! Diana models healthy living, and I respect that she lives her yoga on and off the mat. In my humble opinion, the depth and breadth of Diana’s overall knowledge is second to none and I am fortunate to consider her a mentor as I continue additional trainings at Essence."

The Pilates Essential/Beginner Reformer and Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels Courses are also available with the Matwork!

The "essence of Pilates" Teacher Training is now fully accredited with the ITTAP!

See details below!

Sign up here and see details!

NEW Live Essential and Intermediate Matwork Dates:

Sunday, August 6th 12pm-4pm

Many folks do these trainings to go on to teach others and many do them to enhance their knowledge and practice.

These trainings can be used for CEC's for ACE, Yoga Alliance, C-IAYT, and petitioned for many others

Contact Diana for details and questions or to get registered:

Trauma-Sensitive Teacher Training Level 1

NEW Training Dates/Times Level 1:

September 10th, 1:30-3:30pm (in-studio)

September 21st 6-8:30pm (on Zoom)

October 1st, 12-3pm (in-studio)

October 10th, 6-8:30pm (on Zoom)

October 21st, 11am-2pm (in-studio)

Cost: $650 (pricing plans available)

Trauma-Sensitive Teacher Training Level 2

NEW Training Dates/Times Level 2:

October 29th, 12-3pm (in-studio)

November 9th, 6-8:30pm (on Zoom)

November 19th, 12-3pm (in-studio)

November 28th, 6:30pm (on Zoom)

December 9th, 11am-2pm (in-studio)

Cost: $650 (pricing plans available)

Contact Diana for details, to sign up and for questions: 

These trainings can be used for CEC's for ACE, Yoga Alliance, C-IAYT, and petitioned for many others

Learn more!

Start YTT Today!

Begin now with many of the components, and then do the weekends in 2024! Email Diana for the early bird special!

Contact Diana with any questions and details to get started!

email Diana

NEW! 2024 200HR YTT Dates

  • Jan. 19-21st
  • Feb. 16-18th
  • March 22-24th
  • April 19-21st
  • May 24-26th
  • June Sunday 23rd
  • (independent work to be done) 
  • July Sunday 21st
  • (independent work to be done) 
  • August 23-25th
  • Sept. 14th-17th (Graduation Weekend)

Thursdays 5:30-9

 * (Graduation weekend only)

Fridays 5:30-9

Saturdays 11am-6:30pm

Sundays 10am-5pm 

See more of the Lead Instructor's background here:

essence of healing

Folks have been waiting for Diana to offer this course for some time! She has launched the first class and is taking sign-ups nor for the 2nd class to begin fall 2023!

  • the history and science behind sound and vibration on our health, meditation, the brain waves
  • sound therapy with numerous instruments for private sessions and groups
  • crystals and how their vibration effects us with crystal layouts for healing and balancing energy
  • aromatherapy and its effects on the body for healing
  • How to include all of these modalities for healing in private and group sessions
  •  ...much more!

***Important to note: If you would like to do this course and certify with Diana, you will need to complete the Trauma Sensitive Course Level 1 with Diana. It is running now (dates are in this email) and you could sign up until December 5th and get caught up. She will do another one in the future but those dates are unknown at this time.***

email Diana to sign up

Please sign up on the class schedule under “classes’ for FREE for this Q&A session and you will be sent the link about 1 hour before it begins. 

Essence of Wellness Health Coaching

Diana has changed her long-running program to make it more affordable and flexible to help anyone working on their well-being!

The program is flexible so that you can start at the beginning of any month. Start now— what are you waiting for?

  • Cost for 2 months (2 live-calls per month and many recipes, motivations, education, and much MORE!) $120
  • Cost for 1 hour health coaching session for those in this group is $110 (savings of $25)
  • Cost for 5 private sessions with Diana for those in this group is $550 (Savings of over $100!)

Join a community specifically focused on improving health and well-being! 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.

Sign up by calling the studio 419-873-6463

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

Recipe of the Month

The Best Vegan Mushroom Risotto

(Vegan + GF)

It's hard to believe this creamy risotto is vegan and gluten free!

Click to get the recipe.

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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