August 2019 News

We are so proud and grateful
to have been voted
#1 Yoga Studio and
#2 Pilates Studio!
in the 2019 Toledo City Paper
Best of Toledo Awards!

Specials • Happy 12th Birthday, Essence!
Congratulations to Diana Spiess, voted 2019 Mature Living's
#1 Personal Trainer! She has also been accepted to be trained as an Instructor Trainer for the biggest Pilates Company in the world! She's excited to be able to offer STOTT Pilates®️courses in early 2020!
WOW! Essence turns 12 years old this month on August 15th! We are SO excited to celebrate and start our next year off the healthiest and happiest yet! Don't miss these great specials! They are only running until Thursday, August 15th and take note of the birthday drawings below:

Purchase 10 classes and get 10 FREE! This special is good for both Regular and Pilates Reformer/WOW class packages.

  • System credit can NOT be used for this generous offer.
  • These specials are available online.
  • These packages are good for 4 months from date of purchase. Extensions can be purchased if they are not used within 4 months.

If you already have plenty of classes or are on membership:

Purchase $120 in system credit and we will add $80 in FREE credit! That's $200 for the price of $120 to use later !

  • System credit cannot be used for this offer
  • This special must be purchased at the studio and can NOT be used for the current class special
  • System credit can NOT be used for private sessions with Diana and can only be used for half the cost of privates with our other trainers

Get you health in focus for the fall and into the holidays and next year with Diana's 5-month Health Coaching Program! Start in August and get $100 off the cost ($550 instead of $650) PLUS 5 FREE regular classes.

  • System credit can NOT be used for this program.
  • This special must be purchased at the studio or by phone
  • See below for more details

Birthday Drawings:

Each day until Thursday, August 15th, we will draw 1 name per day from all of our purchases to win 3 FREE classes! Purchase more than 1 special on more than 1 day to increase your chances of winning!
Wellness & Health Coaching

“I have been working with Diana for years with all she does and offers. I have made such huge strides in my health: back pain gone, energy much better, stomach issues and joint pain gone, and with the help of her newest capabilities as a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner I am sleeping so much better, rashes I have been trying to figure out are gone, and for the first time in my life I know what it feels like not to be craving foods but rather I feel nourished! I have lost 13 pounds and I truly have tried everything in the past with no permanent success like this, I can not speak highly enough of all she does and I feel so much more in control of my health and understand all that I am accomplishing and why.” ~ Cindy B.  

“I love to exercise and have tried numerous diet things through the years. I have had a hard time figuring many things out as to why I could not lose weight, felt fatigued, and hurt even when I was trying to stretch and release muscle tension. Diana has helped me get rid of so much pain and I have sent many of my friends to see her with the same benefits. Now, with the her help, I have gotten to the root of many things and am seeing profound results. I have lost 29 pounds, am sleeping double the deep sleep time, and I do not feel hungry often at all. I know when I need to eat, but I do not feel “starving” and have no desires for junk things that I once did. I am so excited to be getting to the answers and, with her help, I can work on all the angles I need: body alignment, stress management, nutrition, and understanding why I am doing all I am.”
~ Lesley K.
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?

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

Diana has acquired her International Board Certification with IAHC as a Health Coach! This, alongside with her other 7 health and life coaching certifications this leaves her the most experienced and trained Coach in the area! Her clients are seeing amazing results and getting answers to many things that have been holding them back on their health improvement progress. Check out her background here  or email her at d .
2019 Fall Silent Retreat

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

Fri. Sept. 20th - Sun. Sept. 22nd

Last fall, Diana hosted the first 'essence of yoga' silent retreat at Lial's stunning renewal center in Whitehouse. Ohio. All were so amazed at the power of this retreat and are super excited to make this a part of their year going forward! The foods were wholesome and delicious vegan/gluten free, the grounds were stunning and so calming, the guided meditations and practices were restoring and relaxing, Diana assisted those that came in so many techniques for finding balance, and her private energy sessions were powerful for those that used them.

Private Room with own private bathroom:
$400 (includes both nights and all 6 meals)

Private Room with hallway/community bathroom:
$350 (includes both nights and all 6 meals)

We have 13 of each type of room available for each weekend... only 26 rooms total.

* Diana will offer private sessions again and will allow for booking these closer to the events. She is also working to have a massage therapist for both of these weekends. All who sign up will be able to pay for these sessions at discounted rates closer to the time of the weekends.

* No refunds will be given within 45 days of the start date of the retreat due to room number limitations.
Coming Soon!
After many years of being asked repeatedly to create explorative recordings of all I teach, the time has finally arrived! Watch for more information very soon as I get ready to launch some very informational, inspirational, motivational podcasts!
~ Diana
Training & Opportunities
Reiki 1 & 2 Certification Training with Diana Spiess
***ONLY 1 SPOT LEFT as of 7-28-19***
Reiki is an ancient, Japanese method for healing and balancing the body both physically and energetically. The concept is to support the body and being’s innate ability to heal by supporting and channeling Divine, universal energy. Becoming certified in this amazing modality is both powerful and humbling.

Diana Spiess is a Reiki Master and brings to her certifications and trainings all she teaches from her background of 29 years in the wellness industry. She’s had many certify in Reiki with her and some also have redone their attunements from previous trainings.
Dates: August 24th & 25th
Time:  12-5pm 
Cost: $550 (includes both levels)

Spaces are limited.
Strong Core, Healthy Spine!
Get to really know your core and how to keep it strong, while maintaining a healthy, mobile spine . with Diana Spiess
Dates: August 31st
Time:  12-3pm 
Cost: $25 per person ($40 for two YEP workshops)

Spaces are limited. Sign up ASAP to reserve your spot! 
CEC’s available for both Yoga Alliance and ACE.
“You’re only as healthy as your spine is mobile.”
~ Joseph Pilates
Diana Spiess, B.S., is Level 2 Full Certified with STOTT Pilates, an E-RYT500hr with the Yoga Alliance, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Certified Medical Exercise Specialist, and much more. She brings to her classes and trainings all of her background of 29 years and numerous modalities of certifications and trainings to help her clients and students achieve their optimum health and well-being. In this workshop, she will share pertinent information to help anyone achieve a strong core while understanding why all is needed as she teaches. She will also teach about the importance of spine mobility.
Maintain the health of your spine for the rest of your life!
SOMA Phase 1 Sound Therapy Training with Diana Spiess
**Filling fast...sign up asap!**
About the Course:
Sound/Vibrational Therapy is an incredible way to assist the health and well-being of anyone! Diana is now certified to offer Phase I for SomaEnergetics as a practitioner course and is excited to teach anyone interested in learning how to use these amazing frequencies! From the SomaEnergetics site:

The Energy Vitality Technique taught in the Phase 1 course is the basis for all the other techniques taught in subsequent courses. Only by activating the energy the client is not using, connecting them to 5th dimensional energy, and then safely distributing that energy throughout the energy centers can we then do additional work with the open system we just created.

Activating unused energy and reminding them of their connection to the universal source is one of the greatest gifts you can give someone. When we have extra energy beyond survival, then we can manifest, heal, attract wonderful co-creative partnerships and friendships. That is the genius of the Energy Vitality Technique - giving the gift of the ability to manifest your hearts desire!

The Energy Vitality Technique offers the following:
  • Reconnect with your inner energy potential using the ancient Solfeggio frequencies to balance and impart harmony in your life.
  • Sound is a way to free blocked energy, thereby creating openings in which novel choices are awakened and new-found energy becomes available for personal transformation, health and healing.
  • These protocols may be used immediately after training for both personal and client-centered application.

As with all our workshops, this is a work in progress. Most disciplines are ever evolving as new information becomes available or new techniques are discovered. It is our desire to become a contributor to the new field of sound therapy and energy medicine that is fusing spirituality and science.

As we learn and work with clients, we must always return to the foundation of our work as Spiritual Healers. With intention, the Divine works through us to assist the client to return to homeostasis or balance allowing the body to make the corrections necessary to heal itself. We do not heal anyone. All or our techniques are designed around this principle of Divine Healing through intention to bring balance. The tuning forks are a tool used to direct this divine healing energy.
Dates: September 28 & 29th
Time: Saturday 10a-5p, Sunday 12-5p
Cost: $550 (includes forks and manuals)

Spaces are limited.
Join the 2020 YTT Class!
***Sign up by the end of July and get 10 FREE classes and $250 off!***

Ever considered being a yoga teacher?

Want to make amazing, powerful changes in your life to live with passion, less stress, and better health? Join our 2020 YTT Class!

Download the Essence of Yoga YTT 2020 brochure (pdf) and 2020 Schedule to see all the details.

Cost: Early Bird Price PLUS Bonus if paid BY July 31st: $3100 paid in full by the end of July and we will add 10 FREE regular yoga classes to your account!

If paid in full by November 1st $3100. After November 1st, $3350 until Jan.10th IF spaces are still available. Spaces are limited.

Payment plans are available.

January 10th is last day to register. A $500 non-refundable deposit to hold space is required.

***Spaces are limited. Register asap if interested in this program.

Interested in starting our YTT 300 hour program?

Those who already have 200 hr YTT certification will be able to participate in our 300 hr YTT program! Start anytime! Ask Diana for details.

My love and witness of the benefits of yoga in my life finally made me pursue the Yoga Teachers training. I feel Diana's 29 years in the fitness industry. and her many advanced certifications make her an expert in her field. Her passion to equip others with safe, comprehensive tools to improve their quality of life is a gift to her students. I was very concerned about the time commitment, but find the weekends to be packed full of valuable information, and a haven from a busy career and life. I made my decision on the treadmill at the studio when I read the quote, “If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you." This YTT training will challenge and change you, improve your quality of life, and teach you so much more than yoga postures. I highly recommend this program and feel you cannot find a more knowledgeable mentor in this endeavor.
~ Nancy K., N.P. (Current 2019 student)

Featured this Month...
RECIPE OF THE MONTH: Vegan and Gluten Free

Roasted Cauliflower & Walnut Dip from Eating Well

Easily portable, this hearty dish can be whipped up quickly and uses simple ingredients. This will be the surprise hit of your next picnic or potluck.

Diana Spiess   Board Certified IAHC International Health Coach, Certified ACE/IIN/FMCA/FDN-P Health Coach, Certified Behavioral Change Specialist, and Board Certified with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners
Portrait of Diana in Yellow Sweater
So Grateful 🙏🏻 for 12 Years❤️

It's so humbling and amazing to think back over the 12 years that essence has been open and remember all the fabulous memories and great times. Essence has become a very powerful and supportive community and I could not be more proud and grateful for all of the beautiful friends we have. The staff at essence is so special and the relationships we have built mean so much.

As I look forward to the next year, I am filled with excitement and joy for all that is to come. I am bringing many new things to essence and the future looks even brighter and healthier! I can not express enough how grateful I am to know you all and to be blessed to be living my passion to help others care for their health and wellbeing. Thank you for being a part of our very special community. I love and appreciate you all so much. Happy Birthday, essence! 🎉🎉

Wishing you an amazing, healthy end to your summer.
Namaste 🙏🏻
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.

Lost & Found!
We have a small lost and found box by the back restroom that is starting to overflow... please check when you're in again to claim anything that is yours.

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 cabinets during sessions/classes.

Bring indoor shoes with you. Outside shoes are not permitted. The salt damages the studio's wood flooring.

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

Thank you! Namaste!
Reception Hours:
Mon-Fri 8:30-11:30am • Mon-Thurs 4:30-7:30pm • Sat 7:45am-11:30am