I have now identified two of the main social groups, which I maintain are connected with the genealogy of the yoga discourse – the Sramanas and the Brahmins. I also maintain that they belong to the same social species of holy professional men. Both were high status cultural specialists rich in symbolic capital. They represented two different cultural sub-fields belonging to the same overall cultural field of holy specialists. The Brahmins were the oldest of them, emerging in and adapting their cultural field to village based kinship communities and
Archaic state forms, while the Sramanas were a later arriving subpopulation, evolving in and adapting their cultural field to urbanised and state building societies of the Axial Age. Both groups and the conflict between them signified the specialisation and crystallisation of cognitive/intellectual labour taking place in Iron Age civilisation- and state-forming processes. Both lived by accumulating and transmitting symbolic capital.
Open your chest. Hold your head in line with the Yoga vinyasaspine as much as possible. A combination of strength and softness is needed here. Return Yoga vinyasato center and repeat on the other side. To intensify, tuck the back foot’s toes under and raise the back knee. Straighten the back leg and draw every part of your body in toward the midline. Remain aligned from your head to your back heel. If balance is a problem, begin this pose with your back leg alongside a wall.
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