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.

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. 


Me and Maya aren't just sisters but also best friends. Growing up in two different countries it has made us very close as a family and as sisters. The last four  years I have been studying medicine at the University of Lund. This semester I am taking one semester off to take some time to reflect about who I am  and who I want to become and also gathering life experiences for my future work as a doctor. But in the midst of all the studying I have kept coming back to a more creative side inside of me which I wish to explore more. Maya is not only an inspiration when it comes to being a powerful and creative woman but also she as brought me to my yoga mat, always guiding me to my next step in life.