Dominique Cowling MA, RYT
Dominique began her yoga journey after finishing years as a NCAA collegiate athlete and acknowledging that her mental and emotional wellbeing had been severely neglected. Her exploration of yoga has encouraged a deeper understanding of emotional instability and healthier alternatives to cope with it. In addition to her academic background in psychology, she works to embody yogic philosophy with great humility and reverence for the original stewards of these practices. Having a natural curiosity about emotional health and subtle body anatomy continues to drive her search for healing modalities for the mind, body, and spirit.
Believing spiritual practice cannot be separated from social justice, she is a dedicated practitioner and teacher focused on empowering marginalized and vulnerable populations that continue to experience the many forms of trauma, violence, and oppression. As a proud black queer femme, she hopes to remind folks of their resilience, sweetness and capacity to experience joy and freedom in their heart.
She is also motivated by the reclamation of ancestral healing traditions that will guide our unique paths towards personal collective liberation. Spending time in South Africa to teach yoga and mindfulness to youth showed her that we must also work diligently to ensure that mindfulness + movement practices are accessible for all communities. She currently works as a Peer Advocate supporting LGBTQ survivors with Community United Against Violence (CUAV) in San Francisco.
Education & Trainings
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology- M.A. International Psychology
University of California, Riverside- B.A. Psychology
Namaste Yoga + Wellness- 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
Afro Flow Yoga Foundations
W.O.M.A.N. Inc. - 40 Hour Domestic Violence Advocate Training
East Bay Meditation Center- Practice in Transformative Action
Niroga Institute- Dynamic Mindfulness Training
Niroga Institute-Teaching Yoga to Youth
Piedmont Yoga-Spiritual Justice Immersion
Piedmont Yoga- Trauma Informed Training
YogaLove- Kemetic Reiki Training
Yoga International- Restorative Yoga Teacher Training