Start your year off with Health, Strength and Peace

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


In the event of a Lucas County Level 2 Emergency, the Studio will be closed & all classes cancelled. Please check the schedule online for updates.


Starting October 1st, all class extensions must be done at once for any given package. For example, if a class package has 3 expired classes, they must all me extended at one time and can only be done once. These extensions are good for 1 month from date of extension purchase. Please purchase your packages according to you usage plans. We have options to purchase 1, 5, or 10 class packages.
January Specials

Purchase any 10 class package and get 5 FREE of the same! 

  • 10 class packages are good for 4 months from date of purchase

Purchase 5 Private Sessions and get 5 FREE Regular Classes  
Purchase 10 Private Sessions and get 10 FREE Regular Classes

  • These packages are good for 4 months from date of purchase 
  • 1/2 system credit can be used for any trainer except sessions with Diana. 
  • System credit cannot be used for private session with Diana.
  • Call or stop in for this special 

Purchase 6 months of Unlimited Classes and get 1 month FREE! 

  • All months must be paid upfront. 
  • Unlimited packages cannot be shared with others. 
  • Call the studio for all details and stop in to get signed up

Start Diana’s Health Coaching Group and get 10 FREE Regular Classes! 

  • Call or stop in for this special 
Jennifer Bainbridge won a YEAR of free regular classes!

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!

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 NBC-HWC with the US Medical Board of Examiners and International Board Certification with IAHC as a Health Coach! This, alongside with her other 7 health and life coaching certifications 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 .

Upcoming Events
Diana (our owner/founder) had a long-time desire to present to the Toledo Area a Holistic Wellness event so that it becomes much easier to meet, work with, and learn from the great holistic professionals in this area and to assist anyone wanting to improve and sustain their wellness. And, last year's was such a huge success! Here's the information for the 2nd year and there's more and new. She, along with many great practitioners, have worked hard to put this amazing event together in collaboration with the St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation and it is going to be so exciting! 
Healthy Gut
Holistic Chiropractic Care 
Women’s Health 
Meditation & Reiki
Healthy Movement 
Nervous System 
Sound/Vibration Therapy 
Functional Medicine 
EMDR for Trauma 
Presenting health and wellness topics provided by experts (including Essence!) in a wide variety of Holistic Health Services!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Saturday, January 11, 2020
Two Sessions: (attend one or both!)
7:30am–12:30pm & 12:30–6:00 pm

St. Luke’s Hospital
5901 Monclova Road, Maumee, OH

$40 Friday // $30 Saturday AM or PM
$50 Saturday All Day
$80 for Friday and All Day Saturday

Friday night ticket includes vendor fair, dinner with Keynote Speaker and Early Bird Saturday session sign up.

Saturday ticket(s) include gluten free meal (your choice of vegan or non-vegan), choice of 3 presentations per session and vendor fair.

Online registration is open!

Session selection will take place during registration at the event and will be on a first come first served basis. Early Bird session selection will only be available to those who attend the Friday night dinner.

More Information:   419.893.7818
2020 Silent Retreat Dates Announced!

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

June 5-7, 2020
Sept. 18-20, 2020

This fall, Diana hosted the third '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)

* Diana will offer private sessions again and will allow for booking these closer to the event. 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 weekend.

* No refunds will be given within 45 days of the start date of the retreat due to room number limitations.
Trainings & Workshops
Cost:  $120 for all 6 sessions
System Credit CAN be used for this course. 

Calls will be on Sunday evenings for 75 minutes each and will be recorded. For those who can not make all calls, you will still receive the recordings. 

Sundays 7-8:15pm 

January 5th & 12th
February 2nd & 16th
March 1st & 15th

No sign-ups will be accepted once the course begins.
These calls will be live on Zoom which is free to download to any computer, tablet, or smart phone.

* Spaces are limited... sign up ASAP!

P ranayama and Meditation
3 Month Course 

w/ Diana Spiess

Last year, Diana offered this program and those that participated have continued to tell her, even now, how helpful and powerful these practices have been for them. She continues to strive to help people in their search for wellbeing and balance in their lives and being able to do this program at home in the evening allows for more ease. in scheduling and not needing to drive after such deep relation.

Starting in January, Diana will be offering 2 live calls per month continuing through the end of March... 6 calls total. She will guide the class through numerous pranayama and meditation practices and the calls will be recorded for those in the class to receive afterward to use later whenever wanted/needed. This is an amazing way to experience these practices and being able to practice from anywhere without needing to travel is very powerful.

Diana has been teaching fitness, health, and wellness for over almost 30 years. She has extensive training in yoga, pranayama, and multiple meditation practices along with many other modalities that she incorporates into all she teaches. Check out Diana's background, trainings, and experience at her website.


BRAIN WAVES & SACRED RATIOS: Using Sound and Frequency to Balance the Brain and Nervous System

with  Diana  Spiess, B.S., E-RYT500, CVSMT, C-IAYT, CMES, Licensed Sound Therapist

Join Diana for this amazing workshop and witness the amazing, powerful effects of sound therapy and explore all that happens with our brain wave states and how we can have a positive effect on them for: 

  • better sleep
  • better focus
  • an improved immune system 
  • better stress management 
  • improved awareness in the moment 
  • meditation 
  • and much more!

Date:  Sunday, February 9th
Time:  12:00pm - 3:00pm
Cost:  $25 per person ($40 for 2 YEP sessions) 

Fork Cost:
$80 Sun/Moon Tuners for Brain Balancing 
$100 Full Set of Brain Tuners

* Either or both sets can be purchased and both will be used for this workshop. 

* Forks must be paid for in full by February 1st to have them in time for this workshop. Cost will be higher if purchased at workshop.

Sign up online at  or call the studio 419-873-6463
SomaEnergetics Phase I Practitioner Course
with Diana Spiess, CVSMT, Licensed Sound Therapist

When:  February 15-16
Times: Saturday 11-7 (1 hr lunch),
Sunday 11:30-4:30

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!

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.
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.
Join the 2020 YTT Class!

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.

The cost for YTT is $3350 until Jan.17th IF spaces are still available. Spaces are limited. Register ASAP if interested in this program. Payment plans are available. January 17th is last day to register. A $500 non-refundable deposit to hold space is required.

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)

Coming SOON!
Watch for details for Diana's first STOTT ®️Pilates Teacher Trainings at essence!

This is why Diana has been away on many adventures in Toronto and she can not wait to offer these to all who have been waiting YEARS to train with her in this amazing Pilates method!
Not one, but Two Featured Recipes this Month...
Here are two amazing (and healthy!) recipes to enjoy in the new year! Diana Spiess
Diana Spiess Board Certified IAHC International Health Coach, NBC-HWC, Certified ACE/IIN/FMCA/FDN-P Health Coach, Certified Behavioral Change Specialist, and Board Certified with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners
Vegan and Gluten Free

4 Ingredient No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

These yummy treats were a hit after the New Year's class at Essence earlier this week! You asked for the recipe and here it is!

Vegan and Gluten Free

Lentil Vegetable Soup With Spinach and Carrots from The Spruce Eats

And now for something savory, a wonderfully hearty vegan/GF soup to keep warm with this winter!

Portrait of Diana in Yellow Sweater
Happy New Year… and may you F.L.Y. (first love yourself) in 2020 and beyond!

We made it around the sun again!  It’s been such an amazing journey with you all and we cannot wait to ride around with you this next year! 

At essence, we strive to support all of our clients and friends to truly embrace loving and caring for yourself and, in 2020, we are planning so many ways to support you in doing so. To quote Seal, “In a world full of people, only some want to fly… isn’t that crazy?” I have always loved that song and so deeply connect to the caring for us all to fly; yet. many struggle with all the fears in doing so. I’ve watched my clients though all the years want so badly to be healthy and do all they are called to do… all the things that bring them pure joy…. and to love themselves yet feel so much fear and trepidation in moving toward all of this. They start, feel some changes, then for so many different reasons back away and fall into their old ways where they feel comfort and familiarity. I have also witnessed clients fly so high in their quest for finding their true self and all they yearn for and look back with only love and gratitude for all they learned as they worked so hard to overcome the limits they set on themselves and the fears of living in a new way of being. This thing we call “life” is so beautiful and powerful and no matter where you’ve been or where you are on your course to making the right choices for you, we at essence are here to support you and assist in so may ways. 

What does 2020 hold for you? 

I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and joyful transition into the new year. May you F.L.Y. (first love yourself) into 2020 and way beyond knowing that you are a stunning miracle like no other and a blessing to me and all of us at essence.

    Namaste 🙏🏻,

     Diana Spiess 
Watch for Diana's Podcast Coming Soon!
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