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.
AMY GANDY, RYT-200
Certified Yoga Teacher
Amy has been a yoga practitioner for over 20 years. She began practicing yoga in northern California, before moving to Indiana in 2007. She became a Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT) 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.
LAIYA KELLY, CYT-200
Certified Yoga Teacher
Laiya has practiced yoga for at least 25 years. She came to yoga because of sciatica pain that she could no longer tolerate the pain and had tried everything. She was at the end of her rope and so frustrated, and in so much chronic pain. After doing her first yoga class she felt relief from the intense pain that she had been experiencing for over three years. From the inside out. It created such an amazing hope she knew yoga was something she would never let go of. Laiya has always had yoga in her life since then and it has taken her on an amazing journey full of gratitude and amazing people.
When she decided to become a yoga teacher she took her first training through Yoga Fit in 2004, and The Yoga Institute in Houston in 2016. She has worked at numerous studios in Salt Lake and Texas, started her own studio in Texas and enjoyed learning how the body and mind are so powerful when connected with a lot of private sessions. Her specialty is using yoga to strengthen what is weak in the body which really helps with any chronic pain, and posture. She says she feels so lucky to be able to teach at Shanti Yoga & Counseling and so look forward to creating great relationships in the Gulf Coast yoga community.