THE TEAM

Maya Santimano

MAYA SANTIMANO

I grew up moving between Sweden and Mozambique, the two countries where my parents have their roots. My father's family migrated a few generations back from Goa, India, to Mozambique and then moved from Mozambique to Portugal when independence came. It is sometimes a confusing mix of Sweden, Mozambique, India and Portugal but I somehow managed to still feel at home in all these countries and cultures.

Before starting up Puka Wear I just finished my degree in political science and my dream then was to move back to Mozambique and work within the field of development.  I spent a year in Lisbon and it was that was where I came to know my yoga teacher, Isa Guitana Wong and her amazing team.  Since the first breath together with a shala packed with students I came to forever love the Ashtanga yoga tradition. Apart from leading the work behind Puka Wear I get to pass on and teach Ashtanga yoga in a small shala in Uppsala where I live.

Lisa Andersson

LISA ANDERSSON

I am originally from Northern Sweden but I have left my home multiple times to find where in this world I am supposed to be. I think it's near the ocean. And..where I can find coconuts! When I’m not “on the go” you find me dancing afrobeats or in an underground boxing club with loud hip hop music in Stockholm. It’s called yin and yang, right?

Since I was young, I’ve loved exploring. Currently spending my time doing whatever my intuition tells me to do. This year have been about creative things, traveling, yoga and capturing moments in life in India, Sri Lanka and Bali. Beside content creator I am a holistic lifestyle coach, yoga teacher and an ayurvedic massage therapist. I’ve fallen in love with the holistic way of living and the freespirit-mindset. I feel grateful that Puka crossed my path and being a part of this magical team.

AMANDA TILLY

I have always been a wanderer, moving from one place to the next in search of new experiences. After living abroad for many years, I have come to realize I always carry my home with me. Yoga was and continues to be my way back to myself, to my body – a way of coming home and remaining there. Wherever in the world I may be.

I spent several years disconnected from this, from myself, in trying to attain what I thought was expected of me. Not at all living my truth. When I started listening to the fact that the way I want to live my life is totally valid, simply because it is what makes me happy - everything shifted. Likeminded people started coming into my life, I found home in more places than my body – in the connection with other people.

I believe that we are all unique and bring a certain color to this world. I am so happy to be able to hold space for people to explore more of themselves every day. It is the common thread in everything that I do; intuitively creating through yoga, movement, bodywork, guidance and community. Puka for me is Home. A place where I can truly be all that I am and inspire others do the same. I feel honored to be part of this team. 

Robert Thimberg

ROBERT THIMBERG

I come from a small town in Dalarna, Sweden, and learned to love music from a young age. For a few years I worked as a part time musician, playing with different artist and bands. Although music has been with me at all times I today work with architecture in Uppsala.

For more than two years I lived in Australia and fell in love with the Indian Ocean, its waves, and surfing. Today the ocean is far away from where I live but I'll always have the ocean on my arm where ever I go.