Team Ora

RENEE TAIPANA: Director | Physiotherapist in Women’s Health

Renee maternity website

Renee Taipana is a Physiotherapist of 11 years and Mama of three beautiful little girls. Originally from the deep south of New Zealand, Renee and her husband jumped over the ditch in 2008, landing on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, and have been living and working here ever since.

Renee’s special interest in Women’s Health Physiotherapy grew during her first pregnancy, after experiencing first hand the changes and challenges that occur to a Women’s body during the pre and post-natal periods. This led to the completion of extra training in the specialised area of Women’s Health with the WHTA in Sydney, and the development of Manly’s only Women’s specific Physiotherapy clinic.

The conflicting and sometimes dangerous information out there has really driven Renee in her mission to educate the wonderful Northern Beaches Mums in how to safely manage their pregnancy and postpartum bodies towards full recovery.

Renee gave birth to baby girl number three at the end of February 2017, and is on “sort of” maternity leave! Ora Studios is therefore running on a reduced timetable. If you are unable to find an appointment time online please get in touch – Renee may also be available at other times during the week as needed (and around baby duties).

LOVES: Coffee. Wine (NZ Sav only please..) Chocolate. Family and Friends. The All Blacks. Reality TV. Crafternoons. Above all else – her three little ladies.

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DEAN TAIPANA: Senior Physiotherapist 

Dean is “Mr Ora Studios” – the husband of Director Renee, and Daddy to three beautiful girls! Dean runs the highly popular pregnancy exercise classes.

More bio to come!

SHELLEY SHEEHAN: Yoga Instructor

Prenatal Yoga Manly

Shelley has studied and practiced yoga for 20 years with many inspiring teachers all over the world in various styles (mostly Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Prenatal, and Postnatal yoga), which has formed her well-rounded, open-minded approach to her teaching.

Shelley is registered with the Yoga Alliance both as a Hatha Yoga Teacher and a specialist Prenatal Yoga Teacher. Shelley also has Bachelor’s Degrees in Medical Science and Biomedical Engineering forming a deep understanding of the human body and a technical approach to her teaching. Shelley’s Prenatal Yoga classes aim to inspire connection, motherly intuition and empowerment through sharing her wealth of knowledge.

“I am now a mother of three beautiful little girls. I am privileged and grateful to have lived and breathed yoga through three pregnancies, births, and recoveries. I am fascinated by how yoga transformed my own experience of transitioning into motherhood and I am equally passionate about guiding my students through their pregnancies with yoga. My wish for every expectant mother is to be prepared, empowered and at peace during the amazing journey of pregnancy, birth and beyond.

LOVES: Travel. Yoga. Stand up paddle boarding. Good music. The beach. Family time.