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Name: Dana Santas

Hometown: Hudson, NY

Current town: New Port Richey, Florida

What it means to you to “be present”: To me, being present means quieting the chatter in your head, not only for yourself, but for others. It means noticing and appreciating what/who is right in front of you at any given moment. FYI--You aren’t “being present” if your phone is set to alert you every time you receive an email. 

Favorite items from be present: Mobility pants. What could be better than pants that are as comfy as PJs but flow with you like music as you move? I call my mobility and agility pants my “celebrity” pants because I can’t leave my house without someone stopping me to ask about them. I also like them in my business, working with male athletes, because they aren't inappropriately skin tight, and move easily so I can show proper knee placement.

 

Get to know Dana…

Brief Bio:

Dana Santas is the creator of Radius Yoga Conditioning and the Director of Integrative Mobility for Bain Sports Performance and the Athletes Compound. Specializing in serving professional sports, Dana has experience working with more than 35 teams and hundreds of athletes in the NHL, MLB, NFL, NBA and MLS, as well as Olympic athletes. She is currently the official yoga trainer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies, and acts as mobility consultant to several other pro teams. Her work has been featured in Sports Illustrated, the Hockey News, Men’s Fitness, and on the NHL Network, MLB.com, Fox Sports and many other outlets.

 

How you got into yoga: 

As a super high-strung marketing exec who constantly travelled for business and loved working out, I decided to try yoga at a hotel/spa while on a biz trip. A few classes later, I actually connected with my breath and a profound transformation began...I started to realize that I was not actually a high-strung marketing executive and that there was more profound power in making a conscious connection with my breath, body and mind than anything I had coveted up to that point. With that epiphany, it was a no-brainer for me to begin working on blending this discovery with my love of sports to create Radius Yoga Conditioning. What could be more fun and fulfilling than sharing that awareness and power with athletes?

 

Who/what inspires you? 

People who recognize what matters and do the right thing because it’s right--not because they want to be applauded for it. And my golden retriever; I aspire to give love as unconditionally as he does and, ultimately, to become as a good a person as he seems to think I already am.

More about Dana: 

I grew up poor--sometimes without heat and hot water. I’ve been in line at the food bank. I’ve lived in a car, and despaired all was lost. I’ve had dinner at Trump’s house and cocktails with elder President Bush, and believed I was “successful.” I once kissed the Stanley Cup (and will probably do it again)...but more importantly, I’ve kissed my three children within their first seconds of life and every opportunity since. I have a golden retriever who thinks I can do no wrong. And I am married to a man who knows I can do a lot wrong, but loves me anyway.  Undoubtedly, I know “ordinary” life is most extraordinary.

 

Fun Facts

Hobbies other than yoga:  Reading and writing. Exercising outside: yoga, biking, rollerblading, slacklining, walking, etc.  My husband, some friends and I are training together to do a Tough Mudder, so doing crazy obstacle courses is a new awesomely fun hobby!

Favorite Food: Cheese and anything super spicy; lately I put Cayenne pepper in everything, including my Ginger tea. Yum!

Favorite Vacation Spot: My hand in my husband’s -- Anywhere on Earth

Favorite Music: I’m a sucker for Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews and my friend JJ Paolino...but a little Beastie Boys and Red Hot Chili Peppers occasionally rock my Prius.

Favorite Book: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Favorite (other) hobby: Is this a hobby?  I always talk to people in elevators. The stare-straight-ahead-silently-like-you-don’t-notice-you-are-standing-only-two-inches-from-the-person-next-to-you thing feels really strange to me.

 

Schedule:

www.radiusyoga.com/schedule

 

Dana on social media:

facebook.com/DanaSantas

twitter.com/MobilityMaker

instagram.com/DanaSantas

pinterest.com/DanaSantas

youtube.com/dsantas2