The Dance of Shiva and Shakti is a form of hatha yoga.
The phrase ‘hatha yoga’ is a combination of three words: ‘ha’ meaning the sun, ‘tha’ meaning the moon, and yoga meaning yoke or union. Thus, the practice of hatha yoga refers to the union of the sun and moon.
The sun is the symbol of Shiva who represents conscious awareness and resides in Sahasrara Chakra in the crown of the head.
The moon is the symbol of Shakti who represents divine or Kundalini energy and resides in Muladhara Chakra. Kundalini is depicted as a snake coiled three times at the base of the spine.
So Hatha Yoga can be said to mean the joining together of Shiva, conscious energy, and Shakti, divine energy.
Our intention is to encourage Shakti the moon to rise up to the embrace of Shiva the sun. The metaphor of a lovers’ dance invokes the idea of a creative interplay between conscious awareness and divine energy and reminds us to take a joyous, graceful, playful approach to achieving the state of union that is the ultimate goal of yoga.