It came to me unexpectedly. I was sitting outside under the stars on the steps of my cabin at Omega Institute on the first night of the National Yoga Service Conference. I was thinking about the idea of a yoga revolution, trying to figure out how to explain my crazy idea that yoga can help make the world a more peaceful and loving place. Suddenly, the word “con-spire” came to me. Ever the Latin nerd, I had to catch my breath when I realized that “con” literally means “with.” And I was pretty sure that “spire” meant to breathe. That’s it! Con-spire. To breathe together.

So much of our culture, and specifically consumeristic pop yoga culture, is focused on the self – your own body, your own breathing, your own experience. This attention to our own...

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