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Charles Defay in his own words:

I was born in upstate New York and moved to San Diego with my family in 1955. It was an ideal upbringing. We lived on Coronado Island by the beach. I was Captain Lifeguard on Coronado Beach for 4 years and went to SDSU and graduated as a Geologist. I am also a health advocate and consultant, and I am deeply interested in alternative therapies to clinical medicine, including Synergy Yoga, Meditation, and Live Stem Cell Therapy.

Charles practicing

I moved to Point Arena in 1979 and purchased my 20 acres of land in 1992 the middle of a 2,000 acre Redwood Preserve and have enjoyed creating our yoga sanctuary in this stunning environment with my beloved wife Peri.

I have been teaching and mentoring trainees in Synergy Yoga for 27 years . My most important jobs in this world are talking about Yoga and telling people about Paramahansa Yogananda, and handing out his Autobiography of a Yogi, which is one of the greatest books ever written, and still on the best selling lists for over 75 years!

How long have you practiced yoga?

45 years and my first class was at 3 AM on the North Shore of Kauai.

How long have you been teaching yoga?

My Synergy Yoga Teachers Training was in April 1997. I taught a few years before that. 30 years.

What do you do?

I assist the Founder and Principle Teacher of Synergy Yoga, my wife Peri DeFay, in all the Teachers Trainings, 10 day Intensives, Midterms, Final Evaluations, Posture Clinics and teach Yoga Classes at SynergyYoga Center.

I have owned and operated Surf Therapy Yoga in Point Arena since 1987 with Synergy Yoga teachers and apprentice teachers.

What is your favorite part of teaching Synergy Yoga?

Experiencing the joy, transformation, feeling and love with our students during class.

What is your best advice for someone just beginning their yoga practice?

Be consistent, prioritize your practice. Everything in the world can wait, but the benefits of your practice cannot! (paraphrased from Paramahansa Yogananda.)

Other Interests?

I am a lifelong surfer, diver and an avid fishermen. And I practice Paramahansa Yogananda’s Teachings and Kriya Yoga daily, from Self Realization Fellowship for 30 years.

Charles ready to surf

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