Dana Santas – Pro Sports Yoga Trainer

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As a yoga, strength & happiness coach, Dana is on a mission to help as many people as possible breathe, move and feel better in their bodies and be happier and healthier in their lives. Nicknamed the “Mobility Maker,” Dana is the exclusive yoga expert for CNN Health as well as yoga trainer for numerous pro sports teams, including the Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays, and Tampa Bay Lightning. As the creator of Radius Yoga, a yoga-based functional mobility and mental performance training style, she works individually with dozens of pro and Olympic athletes around the world. Over the past decade, Dana has worked with more than 40 teams and hundreds of athletes in the NHL, MLB, NFL, NBA, MLS, PGA, LPGA & WTA. She’s also had the honor of working with Veterans and, while living in Boston, she proudly served as yoga trainer to the Boston Fire Department.

A recognized health & wellness expert, Dana speaks/presents at national events, including Perform Better and Summer Strong, and conducts in-service presentations for private organizations, ranging from professional sports teams to Fortune 500 corporations. As a presenter on the integration of yoga into sports, she’s spoken at the Major League Baseball (MLB) Strength Coaches’ Winter Meetings as well as several professional golfing venues, including TPC Boston.

Dana represents several health-conscious companies. Along with NFL Carolina Panthers team members, she promotes the benefits of drinking Alkalife Ten, the only 10ph alkaline water on the market. Dana also proudly serves as the Chief Mobility Advisor for Zami Life, makers of the Zami stool, a posture & breathing-enhancing ergonomic stool that doubles as a yoga and stretch-facilitating prop.

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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 Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), 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). As a student of life, Dana earned her B.A. cum laude from Tufts University with a major in sociology. 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 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 diaphragm, pelvis & 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 within the context of their lives–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.

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 on Periscope during her live mood-boosting broadcasts.  The second Wednesday of every month, she broadcast’s the #HappifyHalftime, acting as a science-based “Happiness Coach” 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 very best friend and love of her life, her husband Donovan.

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

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