COUNSELORS & TEACHERS
TANIA BAYNE (SHANTI), M.S., LPC, LPC-S, 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 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-300 hours, 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, 2018, and 2019. 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 services and 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.
HELEN MORRIS, M.S., P-LPC
Certified Addictions Therapist, Mental Health Counselor
Helen began her journey as a therapist in 1995 as the Director of the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program and Certified Addiction Therapist at the Naval Construction Battalion, Gulfport, Mississippi until 1998 when she retired from the United States Navy after 20 years of service. Since her retirement from the military, she has obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She has provided therapy for addiction, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, depression and life transitions. Prior to joining Shanti Yoga and Counseling, she spent nine years working at the Veterans Healthcare System in Biloxi, Mississippi providing therapy for their addiction, post-traumatic stress, chronically mentally ill, homeless, and work-therapy programs. She was nominated by the veterans she served as Gulf Coast’s Caring Woman in 2013.
Helen’s approach to therapy is holistic with an emphasis on total wellness, and a focus on creating a passionate life full of meaning and purpose. Some of the therapies employed include cognitive-behavioral, prolonged exposure, reality therapy, mindfulness and meditation. With working over 25 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.
CHRISTINA DAVIS, M.S., P-LPC
Mental Health Counselor
Christina Davis is originally from New Orleans, but grew up a military brat so she has grown comfortable and learned through her frequent transitions, interactions, and constant changes in life the resiliency that manifests within all of us. Christina is a mother of three and military spouse, bringing to her practice the knowledge of those combined life experiences. Christina obtained her Bachelor’s degree from William Carey University and her Master’s degree in Science from Walden University with specializations in working with military populations, crisis and trauma counseling, and career counseling.
Christina strives to ensure she provides her clients with a safe and comfortable environment in which they can explore their innermost challenges. Working to meet clients where they are and assist them in working through their concerns with comparable therapeutic approaches which align with their own values and beliefs is of the utmost importance to me as a professional counselor. Through her continued ongoing training and education, she is always seeking to ensure she is meeting client’s needs and growing continuously.
Christina presently works with individuals, couples, and adolescents and believes in helping clients by working with them to gain a better understanding of themselves in order to further assist them in approaching their concerning issues and becoming successful in the future by applying practical tools to gain more out of their relationships and lives.
SHAWN CHAPPELL, RYT-200
Reception & Office Manager
Certified & Registered Yoga Teacher
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 17 years of yoga experience, she brings a quiet natural presence to support her students’ practice, both emotionally and physically.
JOANNA McCLAIN, RYT-200
Certified & Registered Yoga Teacher
Joanna began practicing the art of yoga a few years ago at home in her spare time. While attending classes at a professional studio, she learned how yoga was more than just physical fitness and how yoga uses breathing techniques, exercise, and meditation to help improve health and happiness. She received her 200 hour certification at Transform NOLA in 2017 and is registered with Yoga Alliance. Currently Joanna teaches Power Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Beginner Yoga classes. She has also served as an instructor for the Gulfport Community Education Center’s Beginner Yoga Course. Joanna passionately believes in the power of yoga and encourages students of all ages to embark on this journey of spiritual and physical well-being, health and happiness.
TERA PISARICH, RYT-200
Certified & Registered Yoga Teacher
Tera was drawn to yoga about 10 years ago. Her very first yoga class was at Shanti Yoga & Counseling. In 2017, she was inspired to set out on a journey of self-exploration solo backpacking throughout Asia. During her travels, she dedicated February of 2018 to obtaining her 200 hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) credential on a tiny island located southeast of Bali, Indonesia. Her training was based on Ashtanga, combined with the sequencing approach used in Vinyasa yoga. In March of 2018 she then dedicated one year to teaching at Inspired Yoga studio in Newport, Vermont. During this time she continued learning and practicing. While living in the Northeast Kingdom, Tera attended well-known yogi, Hannah Haller and her partner Pablo Frost’s AcroYoga workshop where she learned more about how to combine yoga and acrobatics with a partner. To help with the integration of yoga into the educational system, she also volunteered to work at the Lyndon Institute in Vermont teaching yoga to teenage dancers during the 2018 Annual Vermont State Dance Festival. Tera believes wholeheartedly in yoga’s transformative nature and respects the power that yoga possesses to keep one grounded, focused, accountable, and aware – on and off the mat. Yoga can heal our wounds – physical, mental, and emotional.
Yoga is a safe space to be yourself and to show up just as you are without judgments, doubts, fears, or expectations. Yoga is a constant in our ever-evolving states of being; not that it does not transform as we transform, but that it is a constant guide and support system for whatever we may face and however we may find ourselves. Tera’s goal is to help others feel safe, supported, and free to be themselves in her classes as she herself continues learning and growing as a student and teacher.