About Dana Santas CSCS, E-RYT
Nicknamed the “Mobility Maker,” Dana Santas CSCS, E-RYT, is a mind-body coach in professional sports, the yoga expert for CNN Health, author of the book “Practical Solutions for Back Pain Relief” and an international speaker/presenter on ways to help people breathe, move and feel better in their bodies and happier and healthier in their lives. Specializing in training athletes in MLB, NHL, NBA, NFL, MLS, PGA, WTA & WWE, Dana is currently the yoga mobility & breathing coach/consultant for the Orlando Magic, Tampa Bay Rays, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Texans, Tampa Bay Lightning & World Wrestling Entertainment, but she has experience consulting/training with more than 40 teams and hundreds of pro athletes worldwide. She also proudly works with U.S. military and veterans and previously served as exclusive yoga trainer for the Boston Fire Department.
A recognized health & wellness expert and certified strength and conditioning coach, Dana is the author of the book “Practical Solutions for Back Pain Relief” (Jan. 2018 Althea Press) and presents worldwide at popular strength & conditioning, sports and fitness events, including Perform Better Summits, Plae Summits, Hammer Strength Clinics, NSCA Conferences and Summer Strong Expo. She also conducts in-service presentations for private organizations, ranging from professional sports teams to Fortune 500 corporations. As a presenter on the integration of yoga-based techniques and breathing biomechanics fundamentals into sports, she’s spoken at the Major League Baseball (MLB) Strength Coaches’ Winter Meetings as well professional golfing venues, including TPC.
Dana represents several health-conscious companies. She promotes the benefits of drinking TEN Spring Water, the only 10ph alkaline water on the market. And, in partnership with the science-based happiness app & website Happify, she’s the host of #HappifyHalftime broadcasts and co-creator of their yoga-based infographics.
Specializing in integrative mobility, functional movement and breathing biomechanics, Dana is a certified strength & conditioning coach through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and 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), Functional Movement Systems (FMS, FRC, SFMA), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Dana earned her B.A. cum laude/with honors from Tufts University. 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.
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 fitness expert on the nationally syndicated morning show Daytime as well as Tampa Bay’s Bay News 9. 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 training/coaching business 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 about recognizing what truly matters and maintaining an attitude of gratitude. 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. To that end, Dana has partnered with Happify, acting as a “Happiness Coach” on the monthly broadcast of #HappifyHalftime, and as their expert yoga contributor on science-based infographics on yoga-based ways to beat stress and banish pain.
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