Yoga Teacher Training

Essence is excited to be offering our first ever Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) program, designed to help educate future yoga teachers and instructors in how to best serve their students in a studio setting. It is a long term program, that begins this January and meets once a month for ten months, highlighting critical elements in understanding both yoga practice and education. Our goal is to train the next generation of Toledo's Yoga instructors in the techniques and methods they need to be successful, and to help promote understand and awareness of Yoga therapies throughout Toledo.

By combining the instruction elements with the practical side of teaching and running a studio, our program is designed to help prepare instructors for the real world, and will help you prepare for a career as a yoga instructor in whatever capacity you desire. Come learn from Toledo's best team of Yoga instructors and find out how we instruct our classes and promote the overall well-being of our students and staff, making yoga come alive for each member of our studio.

All classes will meet at our Maumee studio either on Thursday nights, or on Saturdays or Sundays during the day time. Classes will be taught by certified Yoga instructors with years of experience in the field, and will be led by Diana Speiss. owner of Essence. Classes will be held one weekend a month, with the final course and graduation wrapping up in November.


Intro to YTT, Course work & Expectations, Beginning Asana & Pranayama (breathing techniques) Available on 1/28, 1/30 and 1/31


Intro to Meditation, Anatomy & Physiology, Understanding Flowing/Vinyasa Yoga Available on 2/18, 2/20 and 2/21


Intro to the chakras and continuing anatomy, hot yoga class, breakdown yoga styles, contraindications and medical conditions


Intro to using yoga props (Iyengar style), Yoga Adjustments, Yoga Philosophy and Lifestyle, Eating for over-all health and with awareness


Partner Yoga, Advanced Anatomy, Yamas and Niyamas, Students begin guided teaching


Ethics and Teaching Safety, Inversions and Advanced Postures, Student projects


Communication Techniques, Detailed pose breakdown, Healing Modalities


Detailed pose breakdown, Understanding Malas, Mantras and Chanting, Understanding your students and audience


Master class advanced Yoga, Starting your Yoga business, Restorative Yoga

This is a rare opportunity for you to dive even deeper into your yoga practice and become not only an expert in Yoga practice and techniques, but a learned instructor able to help introduce others to Yoga therapy. If you are interested in learning more about this program, or would like to sign up to take your next step in becoming a certified Yoga instructor, contact Essence today at 419-873-6463.