Dana Santas – Pro Sports Yoga Trainer

Dana SantasAbout Dana Santas

Dana Santas, formerly Dana Edison, is creator and director of Radius Yoga Conditioning (RYC), an international yoga-based functional mobility & sports performance training business to help athletes move, breathe and focus in ways that enhance performance and decrease injury. Specializing in pro sports, Dana is the yoga trainer for the Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Lightning, as well as mobility consultant to many other pro teams; she’s also the private yoga trainer for dozens of individual professional and Olympic athletes. She has experience working with more than 35 teams and hundreds of athletes in the NHL, MLB, NFL, NBA and MLS. Additionally, she serves as the Director of Pro Sports Integrative Mobility for Bain Sports Performance & the Athletes Compound, serving CAA Sports agency athletes at Saddlebrook Resort. While living in Boston, she proudly served as exclusive yoga trainer to the Boston Fire Department. Dana is also Director of Yoga Programs for the yoga & active lifestyle apparel company DA Active.

Nicknamed the “Mobility Maker,” Dana is an experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT) and educator, who formerly ran her own 200-hr teacher training program with Yoga Alliance. As a sports training professional specializing in integrative mobility, functional movement and breathing biomechanics, Dana received her training through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI). She also credits her skills and expertise to all she’s learned and continues to learn from team trainers and coaches she works with on an ongoing basis. Dana earned her B.A. cum laude from Tufts University.

press (1)A recognized expert in yoga and mobility training, Dana is regularly sourced by the media; her advice has been covered by Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Oxygen, Shape, Quick and Simple, RedBook 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. A recurring yoga expert on the nationally syndicated morning show Daytime, she’s also a sports mobility and yoga training expert contributor to Turner Broadcasting’s new wellness brand, Turner Wellness Media and upwave.com. She’s also a contributor to Stack Media. Additionally, Dana is proud to represent Be Present, American-made yoga clothing company as a Be Present “All Star”.

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 & 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).

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, it’s simply about quieting the chaos and recognizing what truly matters. Yoga helps! In an effort to share what’s she’s learned, in addition to sports-related training, Dana offers inspirational workshops on themes like happiness and motivation. She also publishes a blog called BLANK Matters to remind people that everything they B: believe, L: love, A: appreciate, N: notice and K: know matters.

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

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