Hazards of the Editorial Life

By Domenica Di Piazza, Editorial Director, TFCB

I love the editorial life, but I have to say it has its drawbacks. Like stiff shoulders and hips after a day seated in front of the computer screen or hunched over a paper layout. Or tired eyes from staring at too many profitability reports for too long.

adho mukha svanasana photo I solved this latter problem by getting better, um, bifocals. The former difficulty is harder to resolve. It requires a multi-pronged approach, like doing yoga in my office. For example, I just did a pose called adho mukha svanasana (downward-facing dog, above). The good thing about this pose is that you can do it for as few as five seconds or as long as several minutes, depending on your strength, your schedule, and whoever might be knocking at your door or heading for your cube at any given moment.

I also like to walk the pathway along the nearby Mississippi River when I can get out of the office during the day. For me, that’s an especially good way to solve cover copy problems or to find solutions to thorny manuscript issues that just aren’t going away.

File:Cycling (road) pictogram.svgAnd now that the weather is springlike again, I can ride my bicycle. Okay, so my colleague Andrew Karre rides all year long, but I’m not as, um, ambitious as he.

And now I think I’ll do ardha chandrasana (half moon pose, left) for a minute or two before turning my attention back to those author guidelines on my to-review list.

Check in next week for more from TFCB!

(Top two images, CC/Wikimedia Commons; ardha chandrasana photo above, Area Yoga Brooklyn, which has a great “Pose of the Month” feature on its site)