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!

July 2019 News
CONGRATULATIONS to Chuck Nicewonder for winning 10 FREE regular classes in our Fathers’s Day drawing!!
Congratulations to Diana Spiess, voted 2019 Mature Living's
#1 Personal Trainer!
Summer Class Reminder

Please sign up for your classes to let us know to expect you. If classes have under 3, we will cancel them by 11:30am for evening classes the same day, or by 7:30pm for classes the next morning.
Celebrating Christmas in July has been a yearly essence tradition to help you all keep motivated and healthy all year round! This great Special will run ONLY until the 4th of July when we will then do our yearly drawing for 6 months of FREE regular classes! 

Purchase this great gift card special (for yourself or others) to use now or later! 

1) Purchase any increment of $100 and we will add $50 in FREE System credit! 

Each person who takes advantage of this special will have their name added into our drawing to win 6 months of FREE regular classes! 

  • Must be purchased by phone or at the studio. 
  • Current System credit can not be used for this offer. 
  • This special is great to use for class packages and specials now or later. 
  • System credit offers can not be used for private sessions with Diana. 1/2 credit can be used for all other trainers and their private sessions. 
  • System credit or gift cards can not be used for trainings, health coaching, or YTT. It can be used for YEP workshops. 

Keep working with our trainers all summer long to keep your health a priority!

2) Purchase 5 Private Sessions and get 10 FREE regular classes! That’s a savings of $120! 

  • Please note the above guidelines about the use of system credit specials for private session purchases.
  • 10 classes will be added by the essence staff at time of purchase. 

It’s always a great time to Focus on your health! 

3) Join Diana’s Health Coaching Group in July and save $100! Plus, join with a friend or family member and each of you gets 5 FREE regular classes! 

For those I’m the group already, renew for your next 3 months now and get an extra month FREE! 

  • System credit cannot be used for Health Coaching.
Re-set, Re-charge & Re-connect!
Energetic/Meditative Yoga with Sound Healing
with Kathie
Wednesdays, 12:00pm

My Energetic/Meditative yoga class is about all three of these things. We will learn yoga skills that help re-set our nervous system both in class and outside of class. Gentle asana/poses will be used to create movement in our bodies to re-charge. To facilitate re-connecting out of ourselves, we will use light, guided meditation. I set this class on Wednesday to provide a chance re-set half way through our week. Timed during lunch time so that we can carve some time out for ourselves during busy times. We practice re-connecting to ourselves so each one of us can shine more of our own beautiful light upon the world. Oh, and sound... there is always some kind of vibrational sound therapy for savasana.
Yoga with Props
with Maggie
Tuesdays, 10:30am

Join Maggie for a class that is for those wanting and needing to use props. She will incorporate: blocks, straps, bolsters, chairs, blankets (please purchase 2 of your own, available at essence for only $8 each. We will have some to borrow at first), eye bags, and much more. She is excited to share with everyone all the amazing ways that yoga can be practiced with props! Please call the studio with any questions or email Diana at diana@essencembs.com .
Prana Flow with Chelsea
Mondays and Fridays, 6:30am starting June 10th

This class focuses on connecting breath to movement through postures that flow together in sequence. Come explore your own prana, or life force, through meditative movement and deep awareness of body and breath.

Yoga Core with Mark
Thursdays, 6:00am

Our physical and energetic core is integral to all that we do. Developing a stronger core helps to inspire overall strength, safety, confidence and stability in our asana practice. The Yoga-Core class will utilize traditional yoga poses to develop an awareness of how to engage our core, emphasizing use of the breath to move with intention and control. While not strictly a flow class, we will use pose sequencing to integrate a strong foundation into our practice.

“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 21 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 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  www.dianaspiess.com  or email her at d iana@essencembs.com .
2019 Fall Silent Retreat

If you didn't join us in June, we hope to see you this fall. Registers soon as September is almost full!

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

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

This 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.
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.

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)

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 pod casts soon. ~ Diana
Reiki 1 & 2 Certification Training with Diana Spiess
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.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH: Vegan and Gluten Free

Loaded Summer Vegan Nachos

Who can resist this healthy and beautiful dish?

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
Enjoy the Summer... Stay on Track!

It seems as though the weather is finally starting to work in our favor to get outside and enjoy the summer! If there’s anything that I love about summer, it’s doing so many fun things with family and friends and getting out to special events. I have so many health coaching and private training clients that get worried about staying with the eating and exercise plans during this time of the year because of all the travel and fun events. 

Here are some tips I offer:

  • Eat before you go. It’s so much easier to eat healthy at home and if we take the time to do so before we go out, it will for sure make it easier to not eat unhealthy foods. It’s the same as not going grocery shopping hungry. 
  • Book your workouts. Get them on the books and remind yourself that they are not just to stay healthy but also to keep from getting injured or too out of alignment while traveling.
  • Take time time to breathe deeply…often. Breathing deeply keeps us out of fight-or-flight mode and that, alone, can help us digest our foods better and keep us from eating or drinking poor food choices. It also helps to control blood pressure, inflammation, and many other symptoms from stress.
  • Hydrate well. It’s so easy to get busy and forget to drink enough water. Or, if we are drinking other things, we might forget that sugar, caffeine, and alcohol inhibit our ability to hydrate. If they are in our drinks, it’s making dehydration more likely. Also, keep out the inflammatory foods that dehydrate of blood and soft tissues. . 
  • Get adequate sleep. The studies on this are concrete. Getting 7 or more hours of sleep and staying on circadian rhythm is very important. Getting 1 hour of sleep before midnight is equivalent to 2 hours of sleep after midnight in quality. So, it’s better to go to bed earlier and wake up earlier than the opposite. 
  • Stop often when you're traveling to stretch and roll. Take your stretch strap and fascia roller and use them often when you’re on the road. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of this when traveling. 

So many of you have made such huge strides in your health and wellness and my hope for you is to continue throughout the summer. “Discipline is the difference between what you want now and what you want the most.” ~ Abraham Lincoln 

The amazing staff at essence are here to help you and we truly enjoy what we do

Wishing you an amazing, healthy 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