November Specials, News & Updates
We Give “Thanks” to all of you and for the ‘Blessing of Health’ this year! 

New Clients:
$30 for 30 days of unlimited regular classes! Give the studio a call to set this up! 419-873-6463 

Black Friday / Small Business Saturday Deals:

Purchase 5 classes (regular or reformer/ WOW) and get 5 FREE! 


Purchase 10 classes (regular or reformer/ WOW) and get 10 FREE!!

  • System credit can not be used for this huge, amazing special. 
  • These packages are good for 4 months from date of purchase.
  • Available online until Saturday, 11-27.
  • From those that purchase these specials, we will draw 1 name for 3 months of FREE regular classes! This will begin January 1, 2022. 

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
Toledo City Paper article:
Spiess Leads Clients to Health and Wellness
It’s time to now VOTE for the “Best of Toledo”! 
It’s time to now VOTE for the “Best of Toledo”! 
We have been nominated into the top 6 in these categories: 

* Yoga Studio
* Boutique Fitness Studio
* Holistic Health Center 
* Yoga Instructor ~ Diana Spiess
* Personal Trainer ~ Diana Spiess 
* Nutrition Counseling ~ Diana Spiess 

Click here to vote daily November 1st through December 15th under “Beauty Health and Wellness”

Thank you for nominating us into these categories! 
We are SO grateful for all the nominations we have received in 2020 and now in 2021!

Toledo City Paper 2020:
  • Best Yoga Studio 
  • Best Yoga Teacher: Diana Spiess 
  • Runner-up Best Holistic Health Center 
  • Runner-up Best Boutique Fitness Studio 
  • Top 6 Nominated Personal Trainer: Diana Spiess

Toledo Blade Reader’s Choice 2021:
  • Best Pilates/Yoga Studio 

Mature Living 2021:
  • Best Fitness Center 
  • Best Personal Trainer: Diana Spiess 

We are honored and grateful to have received these recognitions along with those from the Toledo City Paper for 2020!
New Classes and Times!
New Classes added to the Schedule!

Mondays & Wednesdays: 5:30pm Cycle with Patty

Mondays & Wednesdays: 6:30pm TRX with Patty

Tuesdays: 5:30pm Warm Vinyasa alternating Jen and Diana

Tuesdays: Single Series, 1-Hour Hot Yoga alternating Jen and Andrea

Alternating Fridays: 9:30am Cycle/Yoga and Rebound/TRX with Diana

Fridays: 5:30pm Hot Yoga with Andrea

Saturdays: 10:00am PEC (Pilates Equipment Combo) with Diana
Warm up with our FREE classes this week!

We are offering 3 free classes this week:

Warm Vinyasa
Tuesday at 5:30pm

Single-series Hot Yoga
Tuesday at 7:00pm

Full 90 Minute Hot Yoga
Friday at 5:30pm
Letter from Diana
November Letter from Diana
One of the highest of all frequencies that tells the universe that you appreciate all you have so that only more wants to come to you: gratitude.
The best part of this month is how we get the opportunity to sit in humility and feel the deepest sense of all we are blessed with and the magnitude of even the "smallest" of things. This practice of allowing gratitude to fill our entire being sends a powerful frequency into the universe and, just like us wanting to hang around joyful people, other energies want to hang around is a powerful magnet!

I can not walk outside this time of the year seeing all the beauty without my heart swelling with gratitude, Our Mother Earth is demonstrating the beauty in releasing and changing and the air is so crisp and full of energy! With the holidays coming, we have an amazing, powerful opportunity to settle into gratitude and watch the magic begin!

I am so very grateful for you all and have felt such power in our community as we maneuver all that 2020 and 2021 have presented. Thank you for caring for yourself with us and we look forward to helping you live healthy through the holidays and into 2022! Please take advantage of our "Thank You" specials and come enjoy our team of wonderful professionals and the other essence clients working on their health and wellbeing. We are here for you and are very grateful for you.


Tips from our Team!
I was recently in a class where rabbit pose was discussed. I heard 2 things I have never heard before. Using these new things, I was able to experience different sensations to a pose I had done many times. Not better or worse but new information was gathered. That’s the way of being human. We are easily entrained and prone to habituation. Habituation can be an issue that leads/assists with a poor connection between the body, mind and spirit. It can take us down a path that is not supportive of our highest good. 
Practicing using my senses is one of the ways I keep myself present. Here are some suggestions to give yourself opportunities to use your senses and find more presence in everyday life. 

  • Drive a different way to work, school or grocery store. Challenge yourself to visit a different park every month. Give yourself an opportunity to see something different. 
  • Listen to music you usually don’t. Like 80’s hair band, try classical. Challenge yourself to listen to world music for 15 minutes a day. Give yourself a chance to hear something different. 
  • Pause before you eat a meal. Allow the aroma of the food ro reach your sense of smell. Smell your partner, kids or mouse mates. What smells nourish a feeling of calm? 
  • Try a different restaurant each month. Occasionally, turn off electronics during a meal and immerse yourself in the taste and texture of the foods. 
  • Allow yourself a few moments to feel the clothes on your skin, the ground under your feet or the weight and texture of your favorite crystal in your hand. 
Interested in hearing more? Ask me about trying my meditation class for free your first time. . 
Kathie VanNess
Workshops • Learning • Experiences
2022 Silent Retreat Dates!
Book time for yourself to renew, restore, relax, and energetically cleanse in so many ways! Sign up soon to reserve your spot.

Spring: May 20th-22nd 
Fall: September 9th-11th

Check in 4-5pm Friday
Check out 3:30pm Sunday

Lial Renewal Center in Whitehouse, Ohio

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:
$450 (includes both nights, all 6 meals, and all that the retreat has to offer)

Email Diana with more questions:

The 4 Corners of the Core
with Diana Spiess

Join Diana Spiess for a workshop that explores the shoulders and hips (the 4 corners of the core) and how they function, interact with each other, function according to spine alignment and mobility, and so much more. This workshop is for anyone wanting to learn ways to sustain the healthy, balanced function of these joints and the spine. She will share important information along with walking all through ways to care for these joints both in strength and mobility. Her 30 years of experience as a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Medical Exercise Specialist, college background in Kinesiotherapy, experience as a Certified Yoga Therapist, training instructors in yoga and Pilates, and much more gives her a vast array of tools and information to help folks as they find their journey to health and wellbeing. 

Date: November 7th (please note date change)
Time: 12-3pm 
Cost: $25 per person 

* This workshop can be used for CEC’s for the Yoga Alliance, ACE, and petitioned for many other organizations. 

More about Diana's Background:
New Licensing Accreditation for
Essence Schools & Courses & Graduates!
Diana Spiess, founder and owner of Essence Mind*Body Studio and all of the schools and courses, has been honorably asked to become an instructor for the SHPLI! In addition, her courses have been approved to be accredited with this organization including: ‘essence of yoga’ YTT 200hr and 300hr certifications, her Reiki trainings,

and coming soon her Taoism practitioner and Crystal Healer courses! 

Licensing as a Spiritual Healer is important for those who work in such realms because no state agency is monitoring such practitioners. Having an accreditation board that sets high standards and teaches the full scope of ethics and more allows clients to feel assured they are working with highly trained and professional practitioners that meet high standards. Diana has been a Licensed Spiritual Healer for many years and is beyond honored to be asked to join such an amazing organization and to have her courses recognized at such high standards. More information is to come very soon! Please email Diana if you have more questions:
Are you ready to “Get-it-all-together” for your health and well-being? If so, here is a private program with Diana that you do NOT want to miss! 
This 6-month program with Diana Spiess has it all and more! What is included: 
Private Training Sessions with weight training, private Pilates, private yoga, health coaching and/or alignment work 
Private reiki, energy, aromatherapy, hypnosis (if needed), crystal healing, sound therapy, meditation, red light therapy sessions
  • Fitness evaluations, Kirlian Scans, and vital organ function scans with ultrasound 
  • A Brain Tap headset with training worth over $750
  • Hearth Math sensor for heart rate variability training worth over $300
  • 2 Functional Diagnostic Tests to investigate hidden internal stressors
  • Access to Diana’s health coaching group program 
  • Heated, weighted massage pad with jade crystals worth over $150
  • and MORE! 
This is all worth over $5000! Diana is offering this for only 2 clients max over the next 6 months that are serious about getting all that is needed to genuinely care their entire being. Please email her if you are interested and she will send you the details and payment options. 

This is on a first-come-first-booked basis. Diana can only take 2 clients per 6 months... do not wait if you are interested. Email Diana for more details if interested
Sign up today!

**The Pilates Essential/Beginner Reformer Course is now available!

Yoga Training Opportunities
2022 200HR YTT Weekends
  • Jan. 21-23
  • Feb. 18-20
  • March 18-20
  • April 22-24
  • May 13-15
  • June 24-26
  • July 22-24
  • August 19-21
  • Sept. 23-25
  • Oct. 21-23

Full details to see the course running this year :

If you are interested in joining us for 2022 in January or for the 300 hour training, please email Diana asap... 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.

Essence of Wellness Health Coaching
Cost for Health Coaching Program is $650
  • Save $150 by signing up for the group program before Novemeber 15th!
Cost for 5 private sessions with Diana is: $582

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.

See all of Diana's credentials and experience here: Diana's Web Site
Zyia at Essence
Zyia Now at Essence!
Take a look at this amazing new line! Size inclusive for women, men and kids! To purchase, use this link. If you have questions, please reach out to Diana. Her clients have LOVED their items and are already asking to get more!

Recipe of the Month
Mini Pumpkin Pie Tarts

This is one of my absolute favorite fall recipes! If you have someone that can’t have cashews, substitute raw sunflower seeds (same amount) and soak them like it calls for the cashews. The almond flour can be exchanged for Bob’s Red Mill’s (use 1.5 cups versus the almond flour) all purpose gluten free flour (red label) if someone can’t have almonds. Enjoy! ~ Diana 

Sacha Inchi Pumpkin Spice Muffins
"These amazing, high protein, high fiber, low sugar pumpkin muffins are the perfect treat this fall! Sacha Inchi is one of my (Diana’s) favorite plant-based, whole-amino sources and I have made this special recipe for all of you to enjoy this fall season. If you decide on using the vegan/GF butter cream icing, you are adding more sugar…but it is a very yummy combo. I am hoping to help you all experience the yumminess of foods while still getting only the best nutrients to truly live. a life filled with health and joy. Enjoy!” ~ Diana

Cost: $20 per 1/2 dozen 

Cost includes 6 muffins with crushed walnuts or dark chocolate chips baked in and vegan/GF buttercream icing as a topping.

Last date to order for this special treat: November 15.

Orders will be filled on a first-ordered-first-served basis and pick-up will be at the studio. An email will be sent when order will be ready for pick up.
Pranava Joy Podcast
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New Mask/COVID Guidelines/UPDATED 8-1-21
Please take the time to read all....
New Mask/COVID Guidelines Effective August 1st, 2021
Due to the increase in COVID numbers and the Delta variant along with the newest information on the current vaccines not being effective for stopping the contraction or spread of this newest variant, we may need to adjust our mask and studio policies soon and quickly. We recommend that you leave your mask on at all times if you can. We are doing all we can to keep all safe and continue to be open to serve all of our clients. Our policy for any time you can take it off is listed here:
All entering the studio will need to sign and agree to these policies before participating in classes and private sessions.
While coming into the studio and moving around through the lobby and when not exercising, all must have a proper mask on covering nose and mouth fully. Masks MUST be worn and only taken off at the beginning of a class workout and put back on as soon as the workout is over. Please do not leave your space without your mask on. Due to the proximity and all she must take into consideration for her work and family, while working with Diana in private sessions, a mask must be worn at this time. This allows her to be able to offer assists and physical alignment work or reiki. While practicing in our classes, your mask may be taken off only during the workout/class and then replaced when completed and leaving your space/equipment. Please bring a plastic bag to put your mask in when it's off or put it in your personal bag. When your class is happening in the yoga and cardio/strength room, please do not go back into the rest of the studio without your mask on. Hot yoga classes will ONLY exit the back outside door to the yoga room and once all are in the room no one will be able to come back out into the studio. 
It is especially important that you do not come to the studio with any COVID symptoms or if you have been with people who have been exposed. You will not be charged for canceling if this is the case. Our staff will adhere to this as well. We will be maintaining spaciousness in our classes as we adapt and watch the unfolding of all the changes. Please keep distance between yourself and others while moving through the studio. We will continue using air purifiers and our UV lighting between classes and will be diligently sanitizing our equipment and all at the studio. 
We will still be offering Zoom classes. Please see the details at the bottom of this newsletter.
Please understand that we have clients and staff that are not and cannot be vaccinated at this time. The staff will be wearing masks while working and not exercising and many will still be wearing them while teaching even if exercising. We encourage anyone who feels the need to wear a mask to be comfortable doing so. K-N95 masks are recommended if you feel you need protection. We will continue to evaluate all as we continue and transition into the fall. We will adjust our policies as we feel they need to be. 
As we have traveled this journey with COVID, I (Diana) have learned much from many situations, professionals, and my continued education. Please consider these things as you continue your journey to wellness:
  • There are many folks who cannot be vaccinated due to medical conditions. 
  • Being vaccinated does not mean that you cannot spread or acquire the virus or all the variants.
  • We have a few clients who were thought to be fully vaccinated (had both shots) and did not develop titers. Their physicians initiated these tests. The CDC has advised them to not get revaccinated at this time. I (Diana) have recommended to several of my clients and staff to discuss with their physicians getting titer tests to be sure they have developed or sustained titers if they are depending on the vaccination for protection. 
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!
Normal Reception Hours
Please call the studio during these hours, but do not come in to the studio unless you are signed up for a class, private session, or by appointment.

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