Episode 008: ☵ (SKY) Jaimal Yogis - All Our Waves Are Water

Amidst a "real world" hiatus and brief stint as a West coast transient, I rolled into the bright lights, colorful crowds, pungent streets and always splendid parks of San Francisco to meet Jaimal Yogis. Connected only through a mutual friend thus far, Jaimal graciously accepted my invitation for an introduction and hillside chat on a sunny day in Golden Gate Park.

Perched between the Panhandle and the Inner Sunset, the myriad of sounds, sights and smells flooded my brain, at times accompanied by waves of mild anxiety. After spending nearly three weeks in the remote territories and relative isolation of the PNW, I had not anticipated the significance or severity of this environmental transition. Thus, I had failed to properly prepare myself for the stimulus overload that awaited me in the eclectic and electric concrete jungle on the bay. What once was and many times before had been, a beautiful and invigorating scene of vitality representing and encapsulating the spectrum of possibility in all walks of life, now seemed foreign and potentially threatening to me and my vagabond bubble. 

Given my particular disposition at the time, it was with great pleasure and an unexpected level of relief that I met Jaimal and took a tree-filled stroll to a grassy knoll. While I had expected a generally relaxed and grounded demeanor based on my previous readings, I was still a bit surprised and even more grateful for what turned out to be an even higher level of infectiously calming energy than anticipated, that he seemed to effortlessly emit. Within moments of joining the grass amongst the ground squirrels and fallen leaves, the city and it's roaring presence seemed to be fading as it wained into a kind of background white noise, the person in front of me now coming into focus. As he spoke and we conversed, I felt my mind and heart settling, returning to it's preferred and familiar resting state. It was clear to me then and was crystalized as we continued, that he and his spiritual practices were the real deal.

We entered into what became a wild journey and range of topics, thoughts and memories, from the tumultuous growing pains of our youth to the soulful bliss of sun kissed offshore peaks. Jaimal is now, an award winning and world renowned author, Yoga and mindfulness teacher, husband and father of two, and of course avid surfer. In this episode we discuss the importance of pushing the boundaries through trial and error in our youth, running away to find home, life in the monastery, constructively channeling our intense energies & emotions, integrating mindfulness practices into everyday living, and how to better surf the waves of life.  

I had a little window into the status quo of America…then I started looking out and wondering, is this what I’m gonna let me my life become?
AfarEvan Luth