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Published by Kat Tsaousi on 1st April 2015

According to Hindu legends, Lord Shiva is credited with propounding hatha yoga. It is said that on a lonely island, assuming nobody else would hear him, he gave the knowledge of hatha yoga to his wife, Goddess Parvati - but a fish heard the entire discourse, remaining still throughout. The fish (=matsya) later became a siddha (=obtained magical powers) and came to be known as Matsyendranath. Matsyendranath taught hatha yoga to his disciple Gorakshanath and to a limbless man, Chaurangi. Hatha yoga was thus passed down in disciplic succession.