Jaimal Yogis is the author of Saltwater Buddha, 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. The book 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, comes out this July from Harper Collins and NYT Bestselling author Steven Kotler (West of Jesus) describes it as, “Spiritual questing, serious surfing, a little hip-hop, and a significant dose of deep, honest humanity—another perfect Jaimal Yogis book!”
Jaimal’s writing has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Men’s Health, ESPN Magazine, The Surfers Journal, The Lion’s Roar, 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, a journalistic and scientific romp about why humans fear and how we can live more fully and courageously. It was featured positively in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Outside, and The Oprah Magazine.
When Jaimal’s not writing, out to sea, or with his wife Amy and their three sons, he leads mindfulness retreats at places like Spirit Rock, Kripalu, and the Multiversity. He also teaches creative writing at The Writing Pad and others.