Dana Santas – Pro Sports Yoga Trainer

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Dana Santas is the creator of Radius Yoga and director of Radius Yoga Conditioning, an international yoga-based, functional mobility training business designed to empower people to breathe, move and feel better in their bodies and minds to live happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives. Specializing in professional sports, Dana integrates Radius Yoga into athlete training to enhance performance and decrease injury. She’s the team yoga mobility trainer for numerous teams in MLB, NHL, NFL and the NBA, including the Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Lightning; she’s also mobility consultant to many other pro & collegiate teams, including USF Men’s Basketball, and private yoga trainer for dozens of individual professional and Olympic athletes, including PGA, LPGA and WTA pros. Nicknamed the “Mobility Maker,” over the last ten+ years, she’s worked with more than 35 teams and hundreds of athletes in the NHL, MLB, NFL, NBA, MLS, PGA, LPGA & WTA. While living in Boston, she proudly served as yoga trainer to the Boston Fire Department.

As an international expert in health and wellness, who wants to help all people–not just athletes–move, breathe and feel better, Dana is the exclusive yoga/movement expert for CNN Health, and the Chief Mobility Advisor for Zami Life.


Specializing in integrative mobility, functional movement and breathing biomechanics, she has received extensive education through the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) (8 courses: postural respiration 2xs, myokinematics, pelvis restoration, impingement & instability, PRI for baseball 2xs, & PRI vision) as well as certifications with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Her work is also influenced by Gray Cook’s Functional Movement Systems (FMS). Dana earned her B.A. cum laude from Tufts University. As an experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT) and educator, she formerly ran a Radius Yoga 200-hr teacher training program through Yoga Alliance, certifying Radius Yoga instructors. She continually hones her skills & expertise through research, additional coursework, and by learning from the team trainers, coaches and doctors she works alongside on an ongoing basis.

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Radius Yoga is Dana’s answer to power yoga for sports. Her Radius Yoga for athletes and Radius Yoga for sports programs offer a hybrid style of yoga and functional mobility training based on her “ABC’s of Yoga™” (Alignment, Breath & Core) that emphasizes alignment/restoration of the kinetic chain via activation and inhibition, utilizing proper breathing mechanics, and awareness & engagement of the core (including the pelvis, diaphragm & hips) as the center of functional strength and balance. Author of the Book and Audio Series “Yoga is Not One Size Fits All,” Dana’s philosophy is that “yoga is NOT one size fits all™” and should be adapted to each person’s body & goals–ideally, after doing a complete functional range of motion & muscular imbalance assessment (refer to the private training page for more info).

A recognized expert in yoga mobility and positive mental training, Dana is regularly sourced by the media. In addition to her ongoing work with CNN and CNN Health, she’s a recurring yoga expert on the nationally syndicated morning show Daytime. Her advice has been covered by Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Oxygen, Shape, Quick and Simple, RedBook, Success and others (press page). She’s also been featured with her pro clients in Sports Illustrated, Hockey Magazine, USA Hockey, NHL Network, MLB.com, Fox Sports, CBS Sports and other sports media outlets. As a presenter on the integration of yoga into sports training, she has been an expert speaker at the Major League Baseball Strength Coaches’ Winter Meetings as well as several professional golfing venues, including TPC Boston.

To turn her passion for empowering people to move, breathe and feel better in their bodies into a fulltime endeavor, Dana left a successful marketing and public relations career that spanned nearly a decade. Prior to her corporate career, she had struggled as a teenaged mother, working to support her daughter and complete her education. Driven to achieve the “American Dream,” she earned her degree with honors from Tufts University and was the top-level marketing executive at an international company by her mid twenties.

Dana’s exit from corporate America and launch of Radius Yoga Conditioning is evidence that she continues to evolve, as does her definition of success, which is now based on authentic happiness rather than external ideals. She hopes that her life experience will inspire others be true to their own nature and realize that we already possess all that’s necessary to be happy and fulfilled; it’s simply about recognizing what truly matters and maintaining an attitude of gratitude. Yoga helps! In an effort to share what’s she’s learned, in addition to sports-related training, Dana continually writes articles, posts advice and personal experience on social media, and does workshops/speaking engagements and videos/TV segments on inspirational themes like happiness, confidence and motivation. You can interact with her every day on Periscope for her live mood-boosting broadcasts.  Every Wednesday, she broadcast’s the #HappifyHalftime in partnership with Happify. Follow her on Periscope: @MobilityMaker.

The lucky mother of three amazing children (and two rescue pups), Dana lives in the Tampa Bay area with her best friend, her husband Donovan.

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
-Henry David Thoreau

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