I read a book excerpt in the Yoga Journal where the authors Alanna Kaivalya and Arjuna van der Kooij make connections between yoga poses and interpretations of the myths surrounding them. In Myths of the Asanas: The Stories at the Heart of Yoga Tradition, the authors say that knowing these stories can “enhance our yoga practice, fueling it with symbolism and a deeper, meditative quality.”
Since the English translation of the Sanskrit word yoga means “yoke” or connection, it makes perfect sense to make the mental connection between a fanciful story about an eavesdropping fish who became the first student of Shiva, the enlightened master, and the discipline needed to master matsyasana, the fish pose.
In the article they discuss the pose, the story associated with it and then the lesson to be learned. The stories, of course, are not to be taken literally but as something to generalize and learn from.
How many other situations are there lessons to be learned from the stories we hear?