It’s a tragic end to the search for a missing American yoga teacher in Mexico. Hari Simran Singh Khalsa was on a yoga retreat with his wife in Tepotzlan, Mexico when Tuesday morning, December 30, he decided to take a solo hike up in to the mountains and went missing. After an extensive search, his body was recovered Friday by Mexican authorities.
Khalsa had sent a text message to his wife at 12:30pm, a few hours after he’d set off on his hike, with a selfie looking down on the retreat site. About two hours after that, he sent a final text message reading: “I accidentally summited another mountain. Looks like I’ll be a little later coming back. Save me some lunch if you can.”
Sadly, after a massive search went into effect to find Khalsa involving helicopters, hundreds of police and a campaign set up to raise funds for the efforts, local authorities recovered the body of Khalsa four days after he’d gone missing. He had apparently died after sustaining an injury from falling from the rugged terrain. “He appears to have fallen while hiking and sustained a fatal injury to the head,” a statement from Khalsa’s family and friends said. An autopsy is planned to confirm the actual cause of death.
According to his wife, Khalsa, a Brooklyn native, was an experienced hiker, but was just exploring backcountry hiking and was not highly trained in survival skills.
“He hasn’t done a lot of overnight hikes, or a lot of backcountry hikes,” she said during the search. “He has gone on accidental overnight hikes before and had to come down the next day … He’s very adventurous and strong and smart and capable.”
Khalsa’s body was recovered in a wooded area not far from where his last photo was taken – it appears the jagged cliffs and canyons proved too rough for his unplanned trek. Khalsa is the son of GuruSurya Kaur and Sat Jagat Singh Khalsa, the directors of Kundalini in Park Slope, in Brooklyn, NYC. He was 25.
Our hearts and thoughts go out to his family and friends.