According to Ancient Indian scriptures, Shiva is called the Nataraja, The lord of dance.
There are hundreds of thousands of mystical things that Shiva explained and one of them is this.
When certain sages were performing a Yagnya without knowing the purpose behind it, Shiva approached them as a handsome naked Yogi and this in turn made the sages’ wives get attracted to him. Angered by this, The sages used occult to summon a snake, a tiger and a demon to defeat him. However Shiva easily slayed the tiger and used its skin to wrap himself around, coiled the snake around his throat and danced on the back of the demon. While he danced, he shook his hands and legs so gracefully that all sages just kept watching. They soon realised that he was not just dancing but tried to communicate something through his movements.
This is how he came to be known as Nataraja. The Masculine form of his dance is called as Tandava and the feminine aspect of dance which is graceful is called as Lasya. Together , they form TaLa.
This dance of his is still recognised till date and it is said to have inspired Bharatha to write the Natya shastra. Even now, traditional Indian dance forms are all performed to convey a message and communicate. All of them have prescribed hasthas, mudras to communicate by hand , Expressions to communicate through the face and prescribed leg movements.
The traditional Nataraja idol depicts the Abhaya hastha and a leg raised up. In essence it is a way to communicate to not focus on the moving hand or the leg which is raised up, but to focus on the leg supporting the body just like the soul. Even in the asana, though the focus would automatically go on the leg and hands which are raised, it is the supporting leg that the practitioner focuses on, because that is the only way to perform the asana accurately.
The Natrajasana similarly, has a raised leg which is help by the hand and the other leg supporting the entire body.

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