Dana Santas (formerly Edison) is creator and director of Radius Yoga Conditioning (RYC), an international yoga-based sports performance training business to help athletes move, breathe and focus in ways that enhance performance and decrease injury. Specializing in professional sports, Dana is the yoga trainer for numerous teams in MLB, NHL, NFL and the NBA, including the Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves, 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. Nicknamed the “Mobility Maker,” she has experience working with more than 35 teams and hundreds of athletes in the NHL, MLB, NFL, NBA and MLS. While living in Boston, she proudly served as yoga trainer to the Boston Fire Department. Dana is also Director of Yoga Programs for active lifestyle apparel company DA Active.
As an international expert in health and wellness, Dana is a contributing yoga/movement expert to CNN and CNN Health. She’s also an advisory board member to Darma, working with a team of brilliant engineers and scientists to create the world’s first “smart seat” cushion that monitors posture, respiration, and heart rate, and then coaches users via an app to sit smarter by moving, stretching and breathing properly. Darma’s wildly successful Kickstarter campaign garnered more than 550% of its funding goal. Darma delivery is slated for June 2015.
Specializing in integrative mobility, functional movement and breathing biomechanics, she received her training through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI). Dana earned her B.A. cum laude from Tufts University. As an experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT) and educator, she formerly ran a Yoga Alliance 200-hr teacher training program. She continually hones her skills & expertise through research and by learning from the team trainers and coaches she works with on an ongoing basis.
Radius Yoga Conditioning (RYC) is Dana’s answer to power yoga for sports. Her yoga for athletes and 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, 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 when applying RYC 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. She’s also a sports mobility and yoga training expert for Turner Broadcasting’s wellness brand, Turner Wellness Media, and a contributor to STACK Media. Additionally, Dana is proud to represent Be Present, American-made yoga clothing company as a Be Present “All Star”.
To turn her passion for yoga for sports 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. Yoga helps! In an effort to share what’s she’s learned, in addition to sports-related training, as time allows, Dana offers inspirational workshops on themes like happiness, confidence and motivation.
The lucky mother of three amazing children (and a golden retriever and rescue puppy), 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