I’ve been practicing yoga since 1989 and teaching yoga, meditation, and fitness and wellness since 1996.

I completed my master’s and doctoral research investigating the benefits of Chair Yoga for psychological health in older adults. I am an exercise scientist, with a PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Florida State University.

As a researcher, a university faculty member, and a fitness instructor, my goal is to make fitness accessible – to make self-care enjoyable – and to help you live your best life.

With Yoga Alliance, I am an Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher, a Continuing Education Provider, and a Certified Youth and Prenatal Yoga Teacher.

With the International Association of Yoga Therapists, I am a Certified Yoga Therapist.

“The Impact of Yoga on Psychological Health,” my dissertation research for my PhD from Florida State in 2007, with awards from APA Division 47 and AASP in 2008

In 2008, I had the tremendous honor of receiving both the American Psychological Association Division 47 (Society for Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology, click here for the APA Division 47 dissertation archive and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Dissertation Awards (Click here for the AASP Dissertation Award archive). (2008 awards are based on earned PhDs in 2007). I completed my doctoral training through Florida State University, defending my dissertation and earning my PhD in 2007, with doctoral research that focused on “The Impact of Yoga on Psychological Health in Older Adults.” Recently, in going through family video archives, I found this recording of my Dissertation Award presentation at the APA 2008 Annual Conference in Boston. I’m happy to share this video presentation for those who are interested in my research work.

This video was originally on tape, then transferred to DVD, and now to digital media, so there are a few technical glitches and brief skips in the content. Also, friends may enjoy the “where’s waldo” moment of identifying the cameraman by his brief eyeball selfie midway through.

For more information about my dissertation award presentation, click here for the PDF of my PowerPoint.

The published article of my dissertation research is available:

Bonura, K.B., & Tenenbaum, G. (2014). Effects of Yoga on Psychological Health in Older Adults. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 11, 1334 – 1341. https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2012-0365

The published article of my thesis research is available:

Bonura, K.B., & Pargman, D. (2009). The Effects of Yoga versus Exercise on Stress, Anxiety, and Depression in Older Adults. International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 19, 79 -89. Click here for a PDF of the article.