Despite increased interest in mindfulness practices such as yoga as an adjunct for depression, anxiety, and other chronic health concerns, little research exists on the potential benefits of yoga in therapeutic settings. As a complementary therapy, yoga provides a value-added benefit to traditional clinical practices for (1) clinicians as a form of self-care in treating compassion fatigue caused by, for example, fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, and (2) the patients they serve. The primary goal of the present study was to understand clinician perspectives of yoga as an intervention in the therapeutic setting for clinicians and clients. We conducted a qualitative study and surveyed therapists from a yoga teacher training program designed specifically for clinical therapists. Eight therapists completed a qualitative questionnaire designed to understand the effects of yoga on clinicians and patients in the therapeutic setting. Although the effects of COVID-19 had not been anticipated, survey results corroborate high rates of compassion fatigue for therapists and a decline in mental health for patients throughout the study. Yoga, specifically body awareness and breathwork, however, provided a baseline for navigating mental health for both patients and therapists amid the pandemic. Additionally, body awareness and breathwork were found to help therapists avoid burnout and compassion fatigue and facilitate a more positive therapy experience for patients and therapists. Yoga has the potential to be a positive adjunct in therapeutic settings and would benefit from further research into various applications.

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