A graduate of Columbia Journalism School, Jaimal Yogis is the author of the bestsellers Saltwater Buddha – a comedic coming-of-age memoir about how surfing and the sea helped him transition back into the world after a year in a Zen monastery – and The Fear Project, which looks at the neuroscience of fear and courage, using science, mindfulness, and sports to reveal ways in which humans can live more fully. His forthcoming book from Harper Collins, Holy Water, is a funny, spiritual adventure through India, Mexico, Indonesia, and beyond, often using the sea as a metaphor for our true nature.
Jaimal has been an avid meditation practitioner and surfer for more than two decades and is currently leading meditation classes / retreats (often with surfing or nature intertwined) in San Francisco and around the globe. Jaimal also has a longtime interest in film. Saltwater Buddha has been adapted into a feature documentary that is playing select theaters and film festivals and other projects are in the works.
Jaimal’s writing has also appeared in Tricycle Buddhist Review, ESPN Magazine, The Washington Post, Men’s Health, The Surfers Journal, Yoga Journal, Runner’s World, and many others.
He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Amy, and their sons.