Dr. Kimberlee Bethany Bonura is a fitness and wellness educator. Dr. Bonura promotes health and exercise behaviors within a framework of evidence-based recommendations and realistic changes that are fun and manageable to implement. As an exercise scientist and faculty mentor, Dr. Bonura’s primary research areas include the psychological benefits of mindfulness practices, exercise for special populations, and strategies that facilitate health behaviors. As a practitioner, Dr. Bonura has over two decades of applied experience as a yoga and mindfulness instructor, personal trainer, and group fitness instructor.
Dr. Bonura specializes in adapted yoga, including Chair Yoga, Yoga for Pregnancy, Pelvic Yoga, Yoga for Children, and workplace yoga interventions. As a consultant, she advises institutions, organizations, and corporations to develop tailored fitness and yoga programs to meet their goals and outcomes.
Dr. Bonura has been practicing yoga since 1989, teaching yoga since 1996, and working as an academic yoga researcher since 2003. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, with a research emphasis in sport and exercise psychology, from Florida State University. Her doctoral dissertation, The Impact of Yoga on Psychological Health in Older Adults, won national awards from the American Psychological Association (Division 47) and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.