Jaimal Yogis is an multi-disciplinary writer and teacher. His first book, a best-selling coming-of-age memoir called Saltwater Buddha, was praised by The Times of London, Publishers Weekly, and selected as one of E!’s Best Summer Reads as well as one of Headbutler.com’s 100 Essentials of all time. It has been translated into numerous langauges. A feature film based on the book is in production.
Jaimal’s second book, The Fear Project, is a personal and scientific investigation into fear and courage. It was featured in Oprah, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Forbes, Outside, and many others, and is currently being used in a number of schools as a contemporary way of teaching neuroscience and psychology.
Currently, Jaimal is finishing a feature screenplay and working on a new non-fiction novel for Harper Collins. He is also the writer / producer for a forthcoming documentary, The Most Fearless.
A graduate of Columbia Journalism School, Jaimal’s reporting has been featured in ESPN Magazine, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Magazine, AFAR, The Surfers Journal, Sunset Magazine, and dozens of others. He is the recipient of the 2005 Leslie Rachel Sanders Award for Social Justice Reporting, a 2007 Maggie Award for Best Magazine Feature, and two Scripps Howard reporting scholarships. In 2010, The Common Wealth Club voted him “The New Face of San Francisco Media” for his popular writing in San Francisco Magazine.
Apart from writing, Jaimal is also a frequent public speaker and has given presentations at Silicon Valley tech companies, universities, high schools, private groups, and non-profits. Jaimal is also an avid surfer, Zen, and yoga practitioner and often teaches courses on mindfulness. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Amy, and their two sons.