From the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced many people into quarantine to the country’s fraught political divide, 2020 is the year of stress. And now, perhaps more than ever, people need to breathe.
“But most people don’t breathe properly,” said Daryl Satcher, 44, of Oak Park, who teaches a yoga class at Urban Pioneer Group, 7503 Madison St. “We’re born breathing the right way. We come into this world inhaling through our nose and exhaling through our diaphragm. Watch a baby breathe and you can see it clearly. It’s inhaling and exhaling through the nose.”
Eventually, however, the world changes people and they start breathing from the chest up, in a fight-or-flight state, Satcher said.
“A lot of the violence and anger like incidents of road rage are mini-mental breakdowns and they happen, because people don’t know how to find stillness,” he said.
Satcher teaches yoga through A Leading Man, a business he founded that merges the arts…