Jaimal Yogis is an outdoorsman, award-winning writer, and frequent teacher and speaker. He is the author of Saltwater Buddha (amazon, B&N, Indie) a humorous coming-of-age memoir about running away to Hawaii at sixteen to surf, nearly becoming a Zen monk, and eventually winding up at Columbia Journalism School. Publisher’s Weekly called Saltwater “a surprisingly deep tribute to the quest for surf and serenity,” it was named a Best Summer Read by E!, and turned into a feature documentary film. Jaimal’s follow up to that book, All Our Waves Are Water (Amazon, B&N, Indie) comes out this July from Harper Collins and CNN’s Reza Aslan (author of the #1 NYT bestseller, Zealot) calls it “insightful, contemplative, and eloquently written.”
Jaimal’s writing has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Men’s Health, ESPN Magazine, The Surfers Journal, The Daily Beast, and many others. His journalism has won a Maggie Award for Best Feature; The Common Wealth Club of California named him “The New Face of San Francisco Media” for his popular writing in San Francisco Magazine; and his screenplay, City of Dragons (currently being written as a novel) was a finalist at the Asian American Film Festival in Manhattan.
Jaimal is also the author of The Fear Project (Amazon, B&N, Indie) a journalistic and scientific romp about why humans fear and how we can live more fully and courageously. To report the book, Jaimal surfed Mavericks, dove with great white sharks, and interviewed some of the world’s top neuroscientists and athletes. The book was featured positively in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Outside, and The Oprah Magazine. One of Jaimal’s stories stories for AFAR Magazine about the first female Muslim surf star in Bangladesh inspired the documentary, The Most Fearless, which Jaimal is co-producing with award-winning director, Heather Kessinger.
When Jaimal’s not writing, out to sea, or with his wife Amy and their three sons, he teaches mindfulness and creative writing at places like Spirit Rock, The Writing Pad, Kripalu, and the Multiversity.