Dominique Cowling MA, RYT
Dominique began a spiritual 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 overall 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 guide focused on empowering marginalized and vulnerable populations that continue to experience many forms of trauma, violence and oppression. As a proud black queer femme, she understands the importance of truly knowing and honoring our complexities. Her classes aim to remind folks of their resilience, tenderness, sweetness and capacity to experience joy in their heart.
She is also motivated by the reclamation of ancestral traditions that will support our unique path towards personal and collective liberation. Spending time in South Africa to teach yoga and mindfulness to youth also showed her that we must work diligently to ensure that mindfulness + movement practices are accessible for all communities. She currently works as a Peer Advocate supporting the self determination of LGBTQI+ survivors at 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 (Level 1 + Level 2)
Yoga International- Restorative Yoga Teacher Training
Relax & Renew Level 1 with Judith Lasater