The Guru & The Student

Anand Mehrotra – The Guru

Anand has grown up in Rishikesh, India the birth place of yoga. His family has been here for nearly 50 years. He was trained here by Yogis in the deepest and most direct lines of yoga and wisdom. He is the founder of Sattva Yoga and the founder a Rishikesh based charity called The Khushi Foundation.  Due out in 2012 is the first book in his series on freedom, The Free Life.

Anand currently teaches wisdom all over the world. Many yoga teacher training courses bring students to Rishikesh seeking out Anand to instruct. Likewise, when travelling in the US, he is sought out by teacher training courses for his wisdom and talks. Anand is also a master Vedic astrologer and is regularly consulted by lay people and fellow Yogis for his readings. He is truly amazing in that he possesses a brilliant youthful freedom that relates to modern audiences, while being deeply grounded in a simple wisdom. He inspires, rattles and makes us all laugh. He can be found at

Adam Schomer – The Student

For Adam Schomer, The Highest Pass wasn’t just about making a cool, adventure film. On the contrary, Adam was looking for something more, something deeper. And as the saying goes, “Be careful what you wish for.”  Despite the fact that Adam had never ridden a motorcycle, he agreed to go on a motorcycle trip through the highest motorable elevation in the Himalayas.

It was down‐right crazy for him to go having practiced riding a bike two weeks before the trip.

Adam studied Engineering and played NCAA Division I soccer for Cornell.  A dorm room buddy introduced him to meditation to help him relax and Adam quickly embraced its benefits. He found it especially useful before soccer matches. Foregoing grad school, Adam eventually made his way to Los Angeles to work in the Entertainment business. Shortly after his arrival, he was inspired and determined to go to India. It was on this trip that

he met Anand in Rishikesh.  When he returned to LA, he had been affected by Anand’s teachings and philosophy. He went back to India, this time alone, to study with Anand.

It was during those six weeks of early morning meditations by the Ganga River, yoga, jogging, wisdom talks that Anand turned to him and said, “I’ve been wanting to ride my motorcycle to Ladakh, the Manali‐Leh road that crosses many treacherous mountain passes and leds to the highest mountain road in the world ‐ Kardungla…you want to come?”