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The basic principle taught by yoga in this connection is that the back should be carried as erect as possible. As it is ordinarily and unconsciously carried, the vertebrae are pressed together so that the spinal column is actually shortened. But as it ought to be carried, they should be pulled away from each other so that the spinal column is actually lengthened.

-- Notebooks Category 5: The Body > Chapter 5: Exercise > # 39

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