Lord Shiva, among the great deities of Hinduism, most personifies the practice of yoga. As Yogeshwar, the great lord of yoga, he rules over all aspects of yoga relative to body, mind and consciousness. Shiva is the lord of asana practice. As Nataraj, the lord of the dance, his dance and gestures also reflect yoga postures.
Shiva symbolises the immortal Prana, the undying force of eternal existence.
Shiva as Omkara is the source of all mantras.
Shiva is the lord of meditation, depicted seated in deep meditation. In his Dakshinamurti or youthful form, he is the teacher of Jnana Yoga, the yoga of knowledge, through the power of the silent mind, enlightening all the great Rishis.
The third eye of Shiva is the inner eye of unitary awareness and higher perception.
The Ganga that flows down from Shiva’s head represents the immortal stream of higher yogic awareness. The Shiva Linga, his upward focused energy, represents the ascending power of yoga, the silent mind of Samadhi and the yogic state of transcendence.
Shiva’s consort as Devi or Shakti, the Divine Mother, is the Yoga Shakti, the power of yoga always honoured along with him.
Moving into our own deeper Shiva nature we go beyond body and mind, time and space, into the immortal pure light of boundless awareness.
Om Namah Shivaya!
Source : American Institute of Vedic Studies