So, whenever I spot his books I dive eagerly for them..Here is a tale from the latest in my collection: Shiva and Shankara : Decoding the phallic symbol (Rs 275, Indus source books).
The pose u see above is Urdhva Natraj asana. Certain yoga practitioners take the leg around the back of the ear also. The one below is of Devaduttji's illustration, from the above book...(U can check out his site here, if u wish to place order for his books or read is vastly engaging articles on the similar topics)
Sati was destroying the demons who had to be destroyed. But so carried away by her enthusiasm was she that she did not stop her wanton rampage.. The terrified gods approach Shiva to stop her. He engages her in a dance competition, in which, if Shiva lost, he offered to be beheaded so that Shakti could drink his blood as appeasement. The passionate dance thundered through the universe. Both seem to be equally placed as far as the art was concerned.
THEN, Shiva does his trick. He lifts his left leg (as shown in Devaduttji's image above). Shakti moves to follow. But her innate feminity embarrasses her from doing that since that would mean exposing herself to the world... Shyly she concedes defeat.
This is what Pattanaik writes on this pose:
By overpowering Kali, Shiva empowers those who feel overwhelmed by the sheer power of nature. From indifferent ascetic into the informed teacher whose wisdom enables one to fearlessly face the reality of the material world.
For me, this pose offers more :