Thanks for visiting Almost Gracefully! I’m Lee Manale, a 50-something late bloomer with an empty nest and a stressful corporate day job. Ten years ago, I became a certified yoga and meditation teacher, because yoga has been such a gift in my own life and sharing it with others makes me happy. By nature I’m a high-strung worrywart who should probably switch to decaf, but my yoga practice keeps me relatively balanced no matter what manner of craziness is going on in my life or between my ears.
Almost Gracefully is how I’m navigating my way through midlife. I started this blog about four years ago when my meditation teacher suggested I write about yoga and see what happens. So, well, this is what happened!
Yoga affects almost everything I do off the mat, so there’s a lot to write about here. It’s so much more than stretching! Don’t get me wrong, the physical aspects of yoga are wonderful, and my middle-aged body benefits from it tremendously. But even more important are the practices that affect the mind and emotions, like breathing, meditation and relaxation. It helps me better manage stress, live more mindfully and compassionately (which means I can be nicer to people, including myself), and handle the challenges that come with aging. These are the themes I weave into the after-work yoga classes and stress reduction workshops I offer to fellow cubicle-dwellers at my company, and in my work with private clients.
In addition to the stories I share here, every month I send a fun little message to the super nice people on my mailing list. The content varies but I usually include some kind of easy yoga stretch, a mindfulness exercise to try, links to interesting articles or anything else I find inspiring. Would you like to get it? Sign up here to have it delivered to you by email. I promise not to bombard your inbox! And I’d be grateful if you shared it with friends who might also enjoy it. Thanks so much!
What’s on your mind?
I’d love to hear from you! If there’s a topic you’d like to see on my blog, or if you want to learn how these techniques can help you find more grace and ease in your own life, email me at email@example.com.