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Jonathan Berkowitz Discusses a Relaxing Breathing Exercise Attributed to Yoga

In Health and Beauty on December 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Whether we like it or not, says Jonathan Berkowitz, everyone in the world is susceptible to stress. And, Jonathan Berkowitz points out, stress takes a very real toll on physical and mental health. Jonathan Berkowitz draws from the eastern tradition of Yoga to help his clients find relief from stress.

There is a practice in yoga, explains Jonathan Berkowitz, called pranayama. Jonathan Berkowitz says that pranayama is an age-old Sanskrit term meaning, “the lengthening of the breath” or “extension of the life force.” The great yogi masters, says Jonathan Berkowitz, understood the crucial connection between a good life and good breathing. Jonathan Berkowitz explains that pranayama is a disciplined from of abdominal breathing, also called belly breathing.

Well-practiced abdominal breathing, says Jonathan Berkowitz, is useful for many reasons. Licensed clinical social workers like Jonathan Berkowitz often suggest abdominal breathing exercises as a form of stress reduction and relaxation. In addition to being an exercise, says Jonathan Berkowitz, deep breathing is also meditative and helps enhance concentration and posture. It is no wonder, says Jonathan Berkowitz, that many western therapists and counselors regard pranayama so highly.

The basics of deep breathing, says Jonathan Berkowitz, can be remembered by the simple phrase “abdomen, chest – chest, abdomen.” Inhale deeply and slowly, says Jonathan Berkowitz, in your abdomen first until it is expanded. Then continue the same inhalation, says Jonathan Berkowitz, now expanding your chest. Exhale at the same steady pace, says Jonathan Berkowitz, first from your chest, finishing with your abdomen.

A great way to prepare for stressful times, says Jonathan Berkowitz, is to practice abdominal breathing before stress arrives. When you feel you are becoming stressed, advises Jonathan Berkowitz, take stock of your breathing pattern by putting one hand on your stomach and one hand on your chest. If only the hand on your chest is rising and falling with your breaths, notes Jonathan Berkowitz, then you are not breathing with your abdomen.

To practice abdominal breathing, Jonathan Berkowitz suggests beginning by relaxing the stomach. While breathing in deeply, says Jonathan Berkowitz, let the stomach expand with the breath. When the belly has expanded with the breath, continues Jonathan Berkowitz, continue the inhalation as it expands the chest. After inhaling a full breath, says Jonathan Berkowitz, exhale gradually in reverse order. Let the chest fall first as the air leaves the body, explains Jonathan Berkowitz, followed by the belly. Repeat these soothing breaths, says Jonathan Berkowitz, to ease tension and alleviate worry. Abdominal breathing like this can be practiced at any time, says Jonathan Berkowitz, even while driving.

About Jonathan Berkowitz

Jonathan Berkowitz received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Queens College in Flushing, New York in 1994. Following studies at the Long Island University, Jonathan Berkowitz became a certified school social worker and school Psychologist in 1997. Jonathan Berkowitz earned a Masters of Clinical Social Work from New York University in 1999, and later was recognized as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). In 2000, Jonathan Berkowitz was issued a Post Masters certificate in Early Childhood and Adolescence Psychotherapy. Jonathan Berkowitz obtained Post Masters certification in Gestalt Therapy from the Gestalt Association of Psychotherapy in New York City in 2002.

It was while Jonathan Berkowitz was studying at Queens College that he served in the Brooklyn Public Schools as a special Education Instructor from 1993-1994. Jonathan Berkowitz also served as a school Psychologist and Social Worker in Brooklyn with the Board of Education. Additionally, Jonathan Berkowitz did an internship in social work at Maimonides Psychiatric Outpatient in Brooklyn.

During 1999 and 2000 Jonathan Berkowitz worked as an outpatient social worker, MSW, CSW at New Hope Guild in Brooklyn, New York. Jonathan Berkowitz served as Administrative Assistant, MSW, and LMSW at Fordham Tremont Center in Bronx, New York during 2003-2004. Additionally, Jonathan Berkowitz offered his services as Clinical Social Worker, MSW, and CSW to the Jewish Board of Family & Children Services in Brooklyn, New York from 2002 through 2006.

During 2004–2005, Jonathan Berkowitz worked at the Bikur Cholim Department of Clinical Services in Rockland, New York as Administrative Director, MSW, and LMSW. Jonathan Berkowitz currently maintains a private practice in Teaneck, New Jersey focusing on children, adolescents, couples, and families.

To contact Jonathan Berkowitz, call 646-338-5424 or email berkj1517@yahoo.com. For more information about his services visit http://www.familiesheal.com.

Yochanan Berkowitz Discusses the Fundamentals of Skiing

In Home and Family on December 4, 2010 at 5:58 am

Growing up in the northeast, Yochanan Berkowitz has developed an appreciation for the outdoor sport of skiing.  Yochanan Berkowitz reports that skiing can offer an exhilarating release for someone that has a lot on his or her mind. The sport brings a skiier in direct congress with nature, says Yochanan Berkowitz, as he or she travels over the snowy expanses of open land.

Yochanan Berkowitz points out, however, that skiing is a sport with a higher learning curve than many others. To ski well requires training and practice, says Yochanan Berkowitz, and some brief formal instruction is necessary as well. The key element of skiing, says Yochanan Berkowitz, is maintaining balance. Balance is best maintained, says Yochanan Berkowitz, by mastering the correct stance.

According to Yochanan Berkowitz, the correct skiing posture involves standing with feet shoulder width apart and toes pointing slightly inward, drawing the heels slightly apart. The next step is to bend the waist, instructs Yochanan Berkowitz, and fan the arms out slightly to lower the center of gravity. Body weight should be evenly distributed, notes Yochanan Berkowitz, on the heels and the balls of the feet. This balanced stance, says Yochanan Berkowitz, is the best way to maintain control and speed while skiing.

Yochanan Berkowitz suggests practicing this stance at home prior to putting on ski gear. When it comes to controlling yourself on your skis, says Yochanan Berkowitz, it’s all in the feet. Wherever direction the feet are turned, explains Yochanan Berkowitz, is where the skis will go. Before shoving off, Yochanan Berkowitz suggests lifting one leg at a time and turning the feet gently to the left and to the right. This exercise will get a skier used to the encumbrance and responsiveness of the skis, instructs Yochanan Berkowitz. Being strapped into skis is not a natural position for the feet, explains Yochanan Berkowitz, and it is best to spend some time getting used to this before tackling any runs.

About Yochanan Berkowitz

Yochanan Berkowitz began his professional studies in Psychology at Queens College in Flushing, New York. In 1994, Yochanan Berkowitz earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and following further studies Yochanan Berkowitz was awarded a Masters of Clinical Social Work. Later Yochanan Berkowitz received the designation of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

During his studies at Queens College, Yochanan Berkowitz had the opportunity to employ his passion for helping others in the New York City Public Schools as a special Education Instructor in Brooklyn from 1993-1994. Yochanan Berkowitz also served for several years as a school Psychologist and Social Worker with the Brooklyn Board of Education. Several years were also spent doing an internship in social work at Maimonides Psychiatric Outpatient in Brooklyn.

In 1997, Yochanan Berkowitz became a certified school social worker and school Psychologist following studies at the Long Island University. Yochanan Berkowitz received his Masters of Clinical Social Work two years later from New York University. Completing additional studies in his chosen field, Yochanan Berkowitz obtained a Post Masters certification in Early Childhood and Adolescence Psychotherapy in 2000 and Gestalt Therapy certification from the Gestalt Association of Psychotherapy in New York City in 2002.

Yochanan Berkowitz used his experience to serve in Brooklyn as an outpatient social worker, MSW, CSW at the New Hope Guild from 1999-2000. Yochanan Berkowitz added breadth to his vocational opportunities while serving as Administrative Assistant, MSW, and LMSW at Fordham Tremont Center in Bronx, New York during the years of 2003-2004. While there, Yochanan Berkowitz began offering his skills as a Clinical Social Worker, MSW, and CSW at the Jewish Board of Family & Children Services in Brooklyn New York.

The years 2004 and 2005 found Yochanan Berkowitz at the Bikur Cholim Department of Clinical Services in Rockland, New York where he was the Administrative Director, MSW, and LMSW. Currently Yochanan Berkowitz maintains a private practice in Teaneck, New Jersey that primarily serves children, adolescents, couples, and families.

To contact Yochanan Berkowitz by telephone, call 646-338-5424. Yochanan Berkowitz can also be reached via email at berkj1517@yahoo.com. For more information about his private practice visit http://www.familiesheal.com.