COUNSELORS & TEACHERS
TANIA BAYNE (SHANTI), M.S., LPC-S, NCC, E-RYT
Founder & Business Owner
Tania opened her studio doors in 2010 with the purpose of combining mind and body integrative therapies in a holistic healing approach. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Qualified Supervisor, with a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from University of Southern Mississippi. Tania’s passion for yoga was ignited in 2002, leading her on a journey of healing and self-discovery. She is also a Certified Yoga Teacher registered with Yoga Alliance. She received her spiritual name of Shanti (The Peaceful One) and her yoga teacher’s training from the International Sivananda Vedanta Center in Woodbourne, NY. She uses mindfulness, yoga, and meditation in her skillful work customized to meet her clients’ unique needs. Shanti has a unique psychosomatic approach integrating neuroscience, psychology, and ancient yoga practice in creative therapeutic modalities she has applied and implemented in stress and anger management programs on the Gulf Coast since 2006. She is fascinated by the healing power of yoga – on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level.
Tania was honored as Keesler Air Force Base Honorary Commander for 2017 and 2018. This prestigious honor is a partnership between base leadership and Gulf Coast community leaders. She joined the 81st Medical Center Mental Health team in promoting strong partnerships in her field of innovative mental health programs.
MICHAEL BAYNE, J.D., Co-Owner
Michael Bayne is co-owner and Chief Financial Officer of Shanti Yoga & Counseling. He has two bachelors, masters, and Judicial doctor law degrees from Pepperdine University and the University of Southern California. Michael worked for over 30 years in the California court system both in Los Angeles and Riverside Counties where he retired as the Executive Officer. In 2000 after retirement, he became an International Judicial Consultant venturing into Eastern European countries such as Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro. It was in 2000 that he met Tania Bayne and the journey began and they married in 2001, and moved to the United States in 2002. In 2010, Michael started his practice of yoga and meditation. He loves being active in sports and in the 1990s he finished thirty marathons. Currently, Michael is playing league tennis and practicing yoga daily.
CHARLA WILSON, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Charla graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and she received her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden University. She is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, an international honor society for students, professional counselors, and counselor educators. Charla is also a member of The American Counseling Association as well as the Mississippi Counseling Association. She has had a life long desire to help others live happy, healthy lives and she is happy to put this desire and passion to work at Shanti Yoga & Counseling. She uses integrative mindfulness-based therapeutic modalities in her counseling practice providing services for adults and adolescents, individual, group therapy, couples therapy, and marriage and family therapy. In her work with clients, she also focuses on self-care, stress management, and healthy joyful living. She works with couples, adults, families, children, and adolescents.
HELEN MORRIS, M.S.
Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Helen is retired from the US Navy after 20 years of service. Since her retirement from the military, she has obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Behavioral Health from the New York School of Technology and Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She has provided therapy for addiction, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, depression and life transitions. She also is a certified Life Coach with an emphasis on wellness from the Spencer Institute. Helen spent nine years working at the Veterans Healthcare System in Biloxi, Mississippi providing individual, group therapy, and work-therapy programs. She was nominated by the veterans she served as Gulf Coast’s Caring Woman in 2013. Her approach to therapy is holistic with an emphasis on total wellness, and a focus on creating a passionate life full of meaning and purpose. With working over 20 years in the mental health field, Helen’s underlying principle to therapy is that everyone is more than capable of creating a life of happiness and meaning no matter what a person has experienced in their life — and when the optimal strategy is used, a person will transcend their suffering and will experience true joy in their life. Some of the therapies employed include cognitive-behavioral, prolonged exposure, reality, mindfulness and meditation, emotional freedom technique, and biofeedback.
AMY GANDY, RYT-200
Certified Yoga Teacher
Amy has been a yoga practitioner for over 15 years. She began practicing yoga in northern California, before moving to Indiana in 2007. She became a certified yoga teacher at the 200 hour level at Cityoga in Indianapolis, IN. She has studied extensively in the Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga traditions, and has taken workshops with noted yoga teachers, like Rolf Gates and Seane Corn. Amy credits her practice and study of yoga with enriching her life in immeasurable ways namely through becoming more self-accepting and aware.
Amy has a driving passion to share the benefits of yoga practice with others.
SHAWN CHAPPELL, RYT-200
Reception & Office Manager
Shawn started working at SYC in July 2017 as the Office Manager/Receptionist. She has been a life time resident of Ocean Springs. While raising two children, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Paralegal Studies from the University of Mississippi. In May 2001 while seeking relief from depression and back pain while living with scoliosis, Shawn attended her first yoga class and became a devoted student. From the teachings of an eclectic mix of yoga teachers and traditions, she completed the requirements to become registered with Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level in 2004. In addition, Shawn is a Certified Yoga of Recovery Counselor with over 500 hours of training through Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School, and is a second-degree Reiki instructor, as well as a “Connected Warriors” yoga instructor.
Shawn’s classes are for students just beginning their path of yoga and for those who enjoy a more therapeutic, gentler, and restorative experience. With over 16 years of yoga experience, she brings a quiet natural presence to support her students’ practice, both emotionally and physically.