September Specials • Studio Guidelines + News
Congratulations to Diana Spiess, voted Best Trainer by Mature Living Reader's Choice Award 2020!
The Birthday Drawing Winner for a FREE 1 month of regular classes and an essence t-shirt is... Pam Owen!!! Congrats Pam!
New Mediation Class with Kathie! 

End your Tuesdays in a calm, peaceful, grounded, centered way with Kathie in your own home! 

Join her 7:15pm-7:45pm for a guided meditation on Zoom starting Tuesday, September 8th. Sign up online with a regular class package. 
Labor Day takes on a new meaning this year for so many of us. Let us help you stay on your wellness journey and keep your health a priority. Take advantage of these specials until Sunday, September 13th

Purchase any 10-class package at 25% off. 
  • This special can be purchased with 1/2 system credit 
  • 10-class packages expire 4 months from date of purchase. 

Start Diana’s 5-month Health Coaching program and get 10 regular classes FREE! (A $120 value) 
  • System credit cannot be used fro Diana’s Health Coaching program 

Purchase 5 or 10 Private Training sessions and get 5 or 10 FREE regular classes
  • Buy 5 get 5 or buy 10 get 10. 
  • System credit can not be used for private training sessions 

As of July 1st, only 1/2 of current system credit can be used for purchases due to quarantine ramifications. We are grateful for your understanding and are doing all we can to sustain essence through such a difficult time. We are not reducing any system credit amounts and are still honoring all of the large specials we offered before this all happened without notice or ability to plan. 

Urgent Sessions with Diana Spiess

Due to COVID and all things considered, Diana’s schedule and availability is now different. She is not expecting much of a change any time soon and is booking with the expectation that closings could happen again. With that said, if you are needing an urgent appointment, you can message her here for details and she will look to see where she can schedule you. She cannot promise how soon she will be able to get folks in but will do her best.  

Urgent sessions are: pain from mis-alignment that is stopping you from functioning, dis-stress that is debilitating, or via online sessions, urgent health coaching for emergency needs.

Please know that Diana will only be able to see emergencies with this option and, again, will do her best to schedule and cannot promise how soon.

System credit cannot be used for these sessions nor can current packages. There will be a fee specific for these sessions.
Yoga at the Park with Chelsea Continues
There has never been a more important time for us to get outside and commune with the earth, the sky, the water, and the air. Putting our feet right on the ground and expanding our hearts into the wide open spaces around us is profoundly grounding and freeing. If you need to release confusion, anxiety, toxicity, aggravation, or dis-ease of any kind, come out to the park, un-mask, and cleanse your world during the most nourishing 75 minutes you’ll have all week.
This Yoga I class will run in the following locations this month. Keep an eye on the Essence Facebook page for weekly location reminders. Chelsea will e-mail directions each week to those registered for class.
Sept. 1/2: Farnsworth Metropark, Waterville
Sept. 8/9: W.W. Knight Preserve, Perrysburg
Sept. 15/16: Simpson Garden Park, Bowling Green
Sept. 22/23: Riverside Park, Perrysburg
Sept. 29/30: Side Cut Metropark, Maumee
New times!
Tuesdays 6:00–7:15 p.m.
Wednesdays 9:15–10:30 a.m.
In-Studio Classes and Zoom Classes!

Everyone entering essence must have a proper mask or face cover on covering both nose and mouth. Masks must be worn at all times and during all classes and private exceptions.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
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 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. 
Workshops + Special Classes

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

with Diana Spiess, M.S., Licensed Sound Therapist, CVSMT, E-RYT500hr, Reiki Master, Board Certified Metaphysician. 

Date: Sunday, October 4th
Time: 12:30pm - 3:30pm

$25 per person ($40 for 2 YEP sessions)

Fork Cost:*
$100 Sun/Moon Tuners for Brain Balancing
$120 Full Set of Brain Tuners
*Either or both sets can be purchased and both will be used for this workshop. EVERYONE that has done this workshop ended up wanting their own set of at least the sun/moon tuners because this process is so powerful and effective. 

*Forks must be paid for in full by September 20th to have them in time for this workshop. The cost will be higher if purchased at the workshop.

Please email Diana with any questions: Sign up online at or call the studio 419-873-6463.

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!
It's Back!

Chakra Series

with Diana Spiess, M.S., Licensed Sound Therapist, CVSMT, E-RYT500hr, Reiki Master, Board Certified Metaphysician. 

The Sanskrit word Chakra literally translates to a wheel or disk. In Yoga, this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. There are seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. To visualize a chakra in the body, imagine a swirling wheel of energy where matter and consciousness meet. This invisible energy, called Prana, is a vital life force, which keeps us vibrant, healthy, and alive.
These swirling wheels of energy correspond to massive nerve centers in the body. Each of the seven main chakras contains bundles of nerves and major organs as well as our psychological, emotional, and spiritual states of being. Since everything is moving, it’s essential that our seven main chakras stay open, aligned, and fluid. If there is a blockage, energy cannot flow.
Gain an in-depth knowledge of the seven main chakras and how to keep your energy flowing freely through them in this workshop series. Each week will focus on one chakra: 


When: 7 Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:00 PM. September 23rd through November 4th, 2020

Cost: $160 for 7 weeks (non-refundable)*
  • Due to supplies, system credit can not be used for this series.

*If you are participating from afar and will not be able to pick up your supplies, you will need to pay the shipping charges and you MUST be signed up no later than September 13th for time to receive shipped supplies..
*Space is limited to 10 people in the studio. We have the capacity for many more online. Registration closes on September 18th.

Please email Diana with any questions: Sign up online at or call the studio 419-873-6463.

Fall Silent Retreat

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

October 16th-18th

Check in 4-5pm Friday 16th
Check out 3:30pm Sunday the18th

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:
$400 (includes both nights and all 6 meals)

Training Opportunities

Now Enrolling for the 2021 Yoga Teacher Training Program!

The price for YTT 200hr for 2021 is $3450 if paid in full. The early bird rate (see below) is until Oct. 31st. There is a payment plan option. Please contact Glory for details and YTT sign-up forms. Email Glory

** Due to all things we must now consider, spaces are limited for the 2021 YTT 200hr program. Sign-up early! 

**The early bird rate for YTT 200hr 2021 is $3250 ($200 off) if paid all at once and is available until October 31st. A non-refundable deposit of $500 can be taken to hold a spot but to receive this early bird rate, all is due by October 31st. 

Wondering if YTT is right for you?

We are hosting a live virtual session about the 'essence of yoga' YTT 200hr program AND the 300hr program Thursday, Sept. 24th from 7-8pm.

Sign up online. This free session is in our class schedule as a free sign up.
"Participating in the 200hr YTT program this year has been a life changing experience. I told myself that this was for me and there didn’t need to be a specific purpose for doing it. When I finally committed to being ALL in… body, mind and spirit… diet, exercise & meditation, the universe opened doors for me that I would have never seen before in my life. The program has helped me to find internal balance, healing and an alternate purpose that aligns with the essence of my being. The more I learn, the more I realize I have to learn. I committed to the 200hr YTT program thinking I would delve deeper into the study of yoga and teaching, what I found was the pathway to my life and my true self.” –Melinda Fletcher


"I met Diana at a Silent Retreat and from there decided to start my YTT200 at Essence. The training has been amazing. I am learning so many things about strengthening my body, managing stress, and what brings me joy. Diana is very dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of yoga, but also making the connection between this and other aspects of life - how your body works, the importance of breathing, and the precision of poses. She works to drive a connection between what you are learning, what is different, and what really matters. The relationship to your classmates is very special, and taking this training during COVID has helped keep me grounded. A very holistic program, I would recommend to others." -Kim Howard
“I never anticipated to learn all of the extremely valuable lessons that I have been learning throughout my time in YTT. Diana does an amazing job of integrating a wide variety of interesting topics to provide a holistic perspective for body, mind, and spirit in a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment. This training has provided me the opportunity to prioritize my health and wellness through a better understanding of how to acknowledge my body. Moreover, I am learning the foundations of anatomy, yoga philosophy, proper alignment, how to cue poses effectively, and so many other skills that aid in my confidence to instruct yoga. Most importantly, I am learning how to hold space for all people and honor 
every person’s experience during a yoga class. Whether you are interested in deepening your personal practice, embarking on a health and wellness journey, or seeking to teach yoga to others (perhaps even a combination of all three!) I highly recommend Diana’s 200 YTT program.” –Kelsey Madison Dietrich
“I started my journey into the 200 YTT January 2019 with an open heart. Little did I know how well this would serve me. This openness has allowed for such growth in my being. On my journey I reconnected with who I truly am. Far more than learning how to teach Asanas, I learned how to connect to what was my essence. As I began to make choices that supported my core self I gained a clarity. This clarity has radiated out to others. Sharing all the tools Diana has shared with me I now share with others. You can literally see the ripple effect in my community. The time had come to make the choice to continue with the advanced 300 hour program and it was effortless to continue the journey! This program is structured in such a way it can move you forward in tandem with still working through the 200 hour program. The 300 hour advance yoga teacher training has lead me deeper into the skills, philosophy and personal awareness one needs. The confidence that you gain allows you to lend it to others so they may to explore what is their essence. I truly believe one person can make all the difference. Diana has done that for me and I hope to do that for others. Perhaps this yoga teacher training can do the same for you.”
–Clarissa Votow
Diana has started her own Pilates Teacher Training! A few have already begun the Matwork Training and she is working on launching more very soon... even online! Contact her if you are interested and/or would like more information:

Pranava Joy Podcast
"What matters most?" The latest episode of the Pranava Joy Podcast is now available!

Listen to episodes at:
Essence of 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.

Cost is $650. * System credit cannot be used for Health Coaching

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 Master of Science degree in Health Coaching and Applied Nutrition. She also is an 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
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: September 20th.

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.

Healthy Recipe of the Month
Vegan and Gluten Free
Crock Pot Vegan Pumpkin Chili
Click here to Get the Recipe!

This delicious chili combines some of the best fall flavors into one delicious bowl!
Diana Spiess, M.S., NBC-HWC, E-RYT500, C-IAHC, AADP
Letter from Diana
What Matters Most?
The season of change and transition of fall that is unfolding will, most likely for most of us, be like no other we have experienced before. As we all continue to adjust to and work with all the new ways of working, educating our children, traveling, caring for our families, considering how we go about the holidays and so much more. The fall season brings forth the amazing, natural process of releasing what no longer serves us…just as the trees release their leaves and the plants their fruit. This year, most of us are reevaluating what no longer serves us from a very different perspective and wondering, “What matters most?” as we navigate so much.

In my most recent podcast, I pose this question in many ways: daily activities, weekly planning, our deepest, heartfelt desires, our entire journey. With my health coaching clients, when it comes to making changes for improving their wellness and being presented with choices for foods or drinks that don’t match the goals for the changes they are working toward, I remind them, “The decision you must make always is between what matters now versus what matters most.” At this point in time, many of us are so affected by stressors and decisions that we could not have seen coming. The process of meditation and the practice of yoga both help us learn how to be present in the moment and activate, through the Somatosensory system, the senses and receptors for feedback from all through the body. This, most likely, is the most important for the process of our own, person decision of, “What matters most?” The answers we need are already present. Asking questions, having conversations, noticing the signs that come our way on our journey, or studying are ways for us to gather information but the ultimate decision is ours to own and follow through with. This is why the “expert approach” most often does not work. No matter what someone tells us to do, even if it is a good thing, we will most likely not continue it or see it through until we “own it”.

This fall, as you decide what to stay with and what to release, I encourage you to reflect daily, and in many moments, “What matters most?” Does the decision(s) you are making line-up with and fuel your heart’s desire or does it/they drain it? Are you making the decision(s) because others are or because it lines up with what works for you and your family? Are you making a decision(s) that supports the community/world or does to break-down the community/world?  Are you deciding for short-term gain what will cause long-term suffering? All of these questions really come down to, “What matters most?”  
I have had to answer this question in every decision, many times a day, for essence, my family, and myself since this all began.  I wish you all peace, calm, and ease as you answer this for yourself and travel through this beautiful, amazing season of fall.

Please stay safe and healthy.

Diana Spiess
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