Terry Roth Schaff


Terry Roth Schaff

As director of medical yoga therapy at Manhattan Physical Medicine in New York City, Terry Roth Schaff, C-IAYT, E-RYT, worked closely with Dr. Leon Fishman, Dr. Allen Wilkins, and a team of physical therapists to develop yoga poses and sequences for people with musculoskeletal and neurologial impairments. She teaches specialized therapeutic yoga workshops for medical professionals, yoga practitioners, yoga teachers, and individuals living with medical conditions.

Registered as an experienced yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance and as a yoga therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Schaff specializes in post-operative rehabilitation, back pain, and geriatric problems. She has been recognized for her yoga classes by the Rhinebeck Parkinson’s Association.

Schaff’s Chair Yoga Program for Seniors formed the basis for a seminal article on the therapeutic benefits of yoga for older people in the medical journal, Topics on Geriatric Rehabilitation. Her book, Yoga for a Healthy Spine, is based on a series of classes that she taught at Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She created Warm Water Yoga to address the needs of people with physical limitations, and it has evolved into a fitness program for people of all ages and all levels of abilities and is author of Warm Water Yoga.

Her work has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today magazine and she is known for her good humor and her patient, careful attention to the needs of her patients.