April Updates & News

Featured in this issue: Monthly Specials • NEW Exciting Workshops & NEW Trainings Including Yoga Therapy * Healthy Recipe • NEW 3-Day Silent Retreat

Dates and times for many workshops and classes coming up!

Don’t miss out on these great specials to jump-start your spring body and mind preparations! 

These specials are only available until 4-10-24.

🪺 Purchase any 10 class-package and get 3 FREE! 

These packages are good for 4 months from date of purchase. 

🪺 Purchase 5 Private sessions and get 5 FREE regular classes! 

Take your well-ness care up a notch with our trainers/instructors by setting up some private session to focus on your own, specific needs!  This special offer can only be purchased by phone or in the studio. *Only 1/2 system credit can be used for this offer.

Purchase here

Time to vote for the best in our area for The Toledo Blade's 2024 Readers' Choice Awards! 

Here is the link to vote for essence as Best Yoga Studio! Thank you so much for your support. It truly makes a difference. Voting is open through 4/13.

🎉🎊 Congrats! 🎊 🎉

Diana Spiess was Voted #1 Personal Trainer for the 5th year in a row and the studio was voted #1 Fitness Studio for Mature Living 2023! Thank you for all of your votes!

Letter from Diana

April Showers...don't let them stop you.

This is such a powerful time fore growth and renewal!

The rain that is coming brings so much life and a renewal of freshness and beauty. It can be hard, at times, to get out in the rain and keep life moving but, just like the plants all around us, staying the course pays off.

We have all felt the challenge to get out the door to a workout or class and then, after it's all over, we feel such a sense of accomplishment and power! And, we all have probably felt the calm of hearing the rain and walking through it. It can be easy to get frustrated with rainy days but we need them!

Stay the course, do the things, get outside and get fresh air, remember the seasons are all necessary for balance, and don't miss out on they opportunity to embrace the season of growth and renewal!

The full eclipse on the 8th will also be a wonderful, energetic support to get clarity on what we want to manifest and grow in our lives. It really can't get much more powerful than this in the season of early spring! Add in the silent retreat in May if you can to all of this and WOW! It is time to take off into higher realms, live our highest potential, and to refresh all!

Happy spring! Happy full solar eclipse! Enjoy becoming all that your heart is designed to live!

All in for this journey with love and gratitude,

Namaste, 🙏🏻


Upcoming Workshops • Learning • Experiences

Chakras and Taoism Course w/Diana Spiess On Zoom

Cost: $175 per person (includes supplies and course) 

Times: 6-8 pm

Dates: Tuesdays on Zoom

April 9th and 23rd

May 7th

See her background here at: www.Dianaspiess.com.

Email her with any questions here: diana@essencembs.com 

Diana has offered this course for several years and many have done it more than once. Each year she adds in much more information; this year she will add in much about her newest healing method that includes chakras beyond those typically discussed and addressed. What will be covered: 

  • The 7 main chakras and our health and well-being 
  • Multiple chakras beyond the 7 main ones 
  • The main concepts of Taoism and how they can be used in daily life 
  • Ways to balance these areas of our being using yoga, crystals, essential oils, sound/frequency, chromotherapy, and more. 

Her work and credentials span decades and multiple modalities that she teaches from in all that she does. This sessions will be on Zoom for folks to enjoy from anywhere and she can mail supplies to those that need this. 

Has anyone ever told you that your mouth and its movements (like chewing) and alignment affects your core functioning? Or, that your eye movements dictate spine movement? Or how about that your tongue is connected to your feet? In this workshop, Diana will highlight things she has been teaching for many years and bring much more together while helping those that come improve their movements and function through the fascia system and much more. 


CEC's available for Yoga Alliance, IAYT, Pilates Method Alliance PMA and ACE. Others can be petitioned. 



See all of Diana's background here:


Cost: $30 per person

Sign up online or by calling the studio 419-873-646


*Zoom option is available. Please call in. 

Sign up online here or by calling the studio 419-873-6463

More Yoga at Our Toledo Zoo!

Watch for 3 more opportunities to practice yoga at our amazing Toledo Zoo! We will be practicing in new areas that have never been used for yoga and have some behind-the-scenes educational opportunities, too! Ares for the classes: The retile house (that's Diana teaching in there and all LOVED it!), in the Tembo Trail (the new baby elephant!!), and the Arctic building (the polar bear twins!!).

Watch The Toledo Zoo's website here for more and we will also post as soon as we have more details!

Silent Retreats

*Now Offering a 3-Day Retreat in Spring 2024 at NO Extra Cost!

Spring 2024: May 9-12 *3 Days!

**Spaces are filling fast for this one!

Fall 2024: Sept 27-29

Check in 4-5pm Thursday

Check out 3:30pm Sunday

Lial Renewal Center in Whitehouse, Ohio

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

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:

$650 (includes both nights, all 6 meals, and all that the retreat has to offer)

* Yoga classes for all levels including beginners

* Guided meditations

* Multiple Sound Therapy Sessions

* Reiki

* Gluten Free & Vegan Meals Made Fresh

* Crystal Biomats

* NIR Red Light Therapy

* Sound Bed Sessions (NEW for 2024!)

* Decompressions Sessions (NEW for 2024!)

* Hypnosis Sessions (NEW for 2024!)

...and MUCH More!

Call the studio to sign up!


Email Diana with more questions:


Definition of Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy is the professional application of the principles and practices of yoga to promote health and well-being within a therapeutic relationship that includes personalized assessment, goal setting, lifestyle management, and yoga practices for individuals or small groups.

Contact Diana asap if interested diana@essencembs.com.This program has an application process. To apply for this program and to receive more details, please submit your interest to Diana Spiess at diana@essencembs.com

Yoga Therapy Hours 1st Half 2024 

  •  January 27th 1-3:30 (studio) 
  •  February 15th 5:30-8:30 (Zoom)
  •  March 2nd 10am-3pm (studio)
  • March 28th 5:30-8:30pm (Zoom) 
  •  April 13th 11-3pm (studio) 
  •  April 25th 5:30-8:30pm (Zoom) 
  •  May 9th-12th (Silent Retreat Weekend Hours to be assigned)
  •  June 15th 10am-2pm (studio) 
  •  June 25th 5:30-8pm (Zoom)

Course layout includes:

  • Live training hours both in-studio and online
  • Self-paced course work on Teachable
  • Books to be read and reported on
  • I-AYT requires a minimum of 2 years of study

NEW for 2024!

'Essence of Yoga'

Yoga Therapist Training School

Diana has been working toward this for over 8 years! and here it is!

This course is for those who have completed a 200hr Yoga Teacher Program and aspire to become a Certified Yoga Therapist. Diana has been a certified yoga therapist for almost a decade and the school is now an I-AYT member school. This course will begin in January 2024 and is a 2-year program minimum. The course is open to 8 students and 4 spots are filled already.

Some Topics Covered Include:

  • Yoga for Autoimmune Diseases
  • Yoga for Children of All Ages
  • Pre and Post Natal Yoga
  • Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
  • Yoga for Orthopedic Needs
  • Detailed Use of Yoga Props
  • Yoga for the Aging Population
  • Yoga to Resolve Trauma Effects
  • Yoga for Neurological Conditions (Parkinson's, M.S., Lupus, Schizophrenia) etc)
  • Yoga for Mental Health Conditions
  • Detailed Training in Pranayama (breathing practices)
  • Meditation and Yoga Nidra
  • Yogic Philosophy and Lifestyle
  • Detailed Anatomy and Postural Assessments
  • Detailed Breakdown on Nutrition and Functional Medicine
  • Detailed Study and Practice on Communication Techniques
  • Observation and Clinical Hours with Diana
  • ...much more!

Upon completing this course, each student will have, along with their Yoga Therapist Certification, also acquired a certification in:

  • Children's Yoga (Yoga Alliance)
  • Prenatal Yoga (Yoga Alliance)
  • Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Level 1 & 2 ('essence of yoga' and can be petitioned for CEC's in numerous organizations


Motivational Moments: Tournament Time

Join Diana Spiess for this powerful podcast about how we are way too often living in what she calls "tournament time" and trying to learn new skills during this time for self-care...this does not work. She gives wonderful analogies and helps the listeners gather very useful information to help pave the way for more balanced health and more ease in managing the "tournament times" in our lives.  

Listen to episodes at:

Catch up on previous episodes!

Motivational Moments: Understanding our Subtle Anatomy" (air date 12.05)

Motivational Moments: Instead of saying "I want to lose weight..." (air date 10.27)

Motivational Moments (LIVE) with Diana Spiess: The Stress, Itself, is Not the Issue (air date 10.01)

Yoga and Pilates Trainings


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 out of 5

Review by Lori Smith on May 12, 2023

300hr YTT Training Program held Dec. 1, 2020– Dec. 31, 2022

"Diana Spiess leads an in-depth teacher training program, which challenges students to learn and put into practice those lessons. The flexibility regarding timing to complete the program is helpful, and Diana will work with students as needed. The weekend classes, anatomy intensives, Yoga Enthusiast Practice classes, and other specialty classes are fabulous options, allowing students to explore a variety of areas that can be developed further, if interested. I was challenged personally and professionally, which ultimately helped me become a better teacher. I’m also grateful for the opportunity to meet other teachers and develop friendships that will last well beyond the teacher training program! Diana models healthy living, and I respect that she lives her yoga on and off the mat. In my humble opinion, the depth and breadth of Diana’s overall knowledge is second to none and I am fortunate to consider her a mentor as I continue additional trainings at Essence."

The Pilates Essential/Beginner Reformer and Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels Courses are also available with the Matwork!

The "essence of Pilates" Teacher Training is now fully accredited with the ITTAP!

See details below!

Sign up here and see details!

NEW Live Essential and Intermediate Matwork Dates:

2024 Dates:

June 8th 10am-3pm

June 18th 5:30-8:30pm

June 30th 12pm-3pm

Many folks do these trainings to go on to teach others and many do them to enhance their knowledge and practice.

These trainings can be used for CEC's for ACE, Yoga Alliance, C-IAYT, and petitioned for many others

Contact Diana for details and questions or to get registered: diana@essencembs.com

Trauma-Sensitive Teacher Training Level 1

2024 dates coming soon!

Trauma-Sensitive Teacher Training Level 2

2024 dates coming soon!

Cost: $650 (pricing plans available)

Contact Diana for details, to sign up and for questions: diana@essencembs.com 

These trainings can be used for CEC's for ACE, Yoga Alliance, C-IAYT, and petitioned for many others

Learn more on the 'essence of yoga' classroom site!

Congratulations to the newest graduates of the 200hr YTT program!

YTT 200 Started this January!

Contact Diana with any questions and details to get started! email Diana

2024 200HR YTT Dates

  • Jan. 19-21st
  • Feb. 16-18th
  • March 22-24th
  • April 19-21st
  • May 24-26th
  • June Sunday 23rd
  • (independent work to be done) 
  • July Sunday 21st
  • (independent work to be done) 
  • August 23-25th
  • Sept. 14th-17th (Graduation Weekend)

Thursdays 5:30-9

 * (Graduation weekend only)

Fridays 5:30-9

Saturdays 11am-6:30pm

Sundays 10am-5pm 

See more of the Lead Instructor's background here: www.dianaspiess.com

'essence of healing'

* new class forming now! Contact Diana for more information and to sig up.

Folks have been waiting for Diana to offer this course for some time! She has launched the first class and is taking sign-ups now for new class starting May 2024!

see more here

Dates for new course stating April 2024:

Tuesday, April 23rd 6:30-8:00pm ((ON ZOOM))

Sunday May 5th 1-3:30pm ((IN STUDIO))

Tuesday, May 21st ((ON ZOOM))

Sunday, May 2nd 10am-3pm ((IN STUDIO))

Thursday June 13th 6-8pm ((ON ZOOM))

Sunday, June 30th 10-3pm ((IN STUDIO))

Sunday, July 14th 10-3pm ((IN STUDIO))

  • the history and science behind sound and vibration on our health, meditation, the brain waves
  • sound therapy with numerous instruments for private sessions and groups
  • crystals and how their vibration effects us with crystal layouts for healing and balancing energy
  • aromatherapy and its effects on the body for healing
  • How to include all of these modalities for healing in private and group sessions
  • ...much more!

***Important to note: If you would like to do this course and certify with Diana, you will need to complete the Trauma Sensitive Course Level 1 with Diana and Soma Energetics Phase 1 with Diana in addition to this course work.


email Diana to sign up diana@essencembs.com

Recipes of the Month

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

(No Bake! Vegan + GF)

An updated way to enjoy the classic flavors in bar form.

Click to get the recipe.

Lemony White Bean Dip

(Vegan + GF)

Lemon is a delicious way to brighten up earthiness of this filling dip.

Click to get the recipe.

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!

Standard Reception Hours

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

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