About Me


Thanks for visiting Almost Gracefully! I’m Lee Manale, a 50-something late bloomer with an empty nest, a stressful day job, and a love for writing and teaching yoga. (And dogs. And birds. And just about anything chocolate.)

Almost Gracefully…

is the process by which I’m navigating midlife! I started this blog about four years ago when my beloved meditation teacher suggested I write about yoga and see what happens. This is what happened.

Since my yoga practice affects almost everything I do off the mat, there’s a lot to write about here: managing the stress in my life (which is why I started practicing yoga in the first place); striving to live more mindfully and compassionately; finding the joy in the everyday moment; and yes, dealing with the challenges and appreciating the blessings that come with aging.

By nature, I’m a high-strung worrywart, and yoga has been a truly transformational gift. Over the past ten years or so, I’ve been joyfully sharing this gift in corporate and community settings, with stressed-out workers, sprightly seniors, young and middle-aged moms, and people with chronic illness. It’s a wonderful, holistic path to better health, lower stress, and a profound sense of well-being.




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