Thanks for visiting Almost Gracefully! I’m Lee Manale, a 50-something yoga teacher living in Savannah, Georgia. I share the empty nest I call home with a guitar-playing husband, two dogs and a noisy little parrot named Louie.
By nature I’m a high-strung worrywart who should probably switch to decaf, so it’s a good thing I found yoga! I first started practicing yoga in the 90s when my children were young to help me better manage the stress of juggling my work and home life. Over the years, it made all the difference as I raised my family and established a career in a stressful corporate environment. Now that my sons are grown and my corporate life is behind me, I’m excited to have more time to share this wonderful gift even more.
My first teacher training program was at Savannah Yoga Center in 2008. After that, I completed my advanced training through the Integral Yoga® Academy at Satchidananda Ashram in Virginia, focusing on stress management, meditation, and yoga for cancer and heart disease. I’ve been teaching for 11 years: after-work classes for fellow corporate employees, stress management workshops, community classes for beginners, personalized sessions with private clients and chair yoga at a local senior center. Once I even held private classes after hours at a dog grooming salon. Yep, human students, downward dog! Who knows where I might have the opportunity to teach next?
In case you’re wondering…
how my blog got its name: Almost Gracefully is how I describe my midlife journey — aging (almost) gracefully. I started this blog about four years ago when my meditation teacher suggested I write about yoga and see what happens. Because yoga affects nearly everything I do off the mat, every topic feels like yoga to me: acceptance, compassion, aging, patience, gratitude, etc. And so, well…this blog is what happened.
Now that I’m making the transition from corporate life to teaching, a lot of things are changing and my blog will change with it. My future plans include a virtual yoga studio that will offer both recorded and live yoga classes, meditation, relaxation and imagery, plus lots of fun, practical inspiration to help you live your less-stressed best. If you’d like to know more about it, join my mailing list to get updates, plus easy yoga stretches, mindfulness exercises and other inspiring messages.
With love + light,