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OUR MISSION

Yoga by Kotte enriches people’s lives providing quality creative and accessible yoga for every body. Yoga by Kotte engages, inspires and challenges all students to become productive citizens and positive contributors to their communities.

At YBK, our vision is to inspire optimism, happiness and to be the foundation that encourages a diverse population to participate in yoga. YBK will be reachable and commonly recognised as a leader in communities within New Zealand bringing support and dedication to society through yoga, mindfulness meditation and public speaking, in a fun and engaging way. 

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QUALIFICATIONS AND AWARDS

Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training
Power Living Australia | 200 hours | 2015

Kids, Partners & Family Teacher Training
Rainbow yoga | 75 hours | 2016

Meditation, Mindfulness & Yin Yoga
Contemplative Wellness & Education | 75 hours | 2016

NZ Exercise Industry Award Winner 2016
Community Excellence within the Fitness Industry Award

TEDxYouth Speaker 2016
Healing and Handstands: Using Yoga to Strengthen Communities

SEWF Yoga 2017
Sharing yoga for the Social Enterprise World Forum in New Zealand

TEDxYouth Speaker 2018
Yoga with a twist : Sharing accessible yoga with TEDX youth audience

SEWF Yoga 2018
Sharing yoga for the Social Enterprise World Forum in Scotland


YBK IN THE MEDIA

Yoga classes for teens in Christchurch youth justice centre
The Press | 2015

Lululemon Athletica Kotte Aguilar - Profile
Wanderlust | 2016

Yoga classes for youth in Christchurch
lululemon | 2016

Creative Conversations: Downward dogs and a month of Broga for Christchurch men The Press | 2017

Yoga used to keep beaches clean
Metro news| 2018 

 

Yoga has remained unchanged for centuries, but after Kotte saw firsthand how it could transform her own life, she was determined to do whatever it took to use it to transform others. This is a moving illustration of the power of creativity to transform ideas, and the power of ideas to transform lives.

Yoga and art enthusiasts showed up to do some yoga poses in the YMCA spectrum room.
Bounce.org.nz is a New Zealand Red Cross project to empower young people to live life well. Bounce has been developed through New Zealand Red Cross Christchurch Recovery Programme following the Canterbury earthquakes. New Zealand Red Cross is part of the largest humanitarian organisation in the world, helping people wherever they might be - internationally or in our own communities.
 
 
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Welcome

My name is Kotte, like coffee but with tea. Today, I live and breathe Yoga. But that wasn’t always the case. Originally from Chile, I traveled to New Zealand for a working holiday in 2008 and now proudly call myself a ‘Chiwi’. I attended a yoga class in New Zealand at a time when I felt lost. A friend took me along to Bikram yoga and while hesitant due to my first experience with yoga as a teenager, it was that class which saw the start of something amazing. Within months I was off to Bali to attend yoga teacher training with Power Living Australia and I haven’t looked back.

On my return to New Zealand I founded Yoga by Kotte. My first classes teaching yoga took place in my living room before collaborating with a youth trust where I held classes for the youth and community of Christchurch. Soon after I was travelling to festivals across the South Island holding yoga classes in beautiful serene locations and environments. This atmosphere spurred my creativity and I then held my first Yoga by Kotte event Glowga. Over the past few years I have held a range of unique events inspiring individuals of all walks of life with the mission of encouraging others to give yoga a try. My teaching style is described as fun and alternative with plenty of energy and plenty of laughs. I aim to make yogis comfortable in a friendly environment where they feel safe and in a space where no one is critiqued. My motivation comes from seeing a heavily commercialized view on yoga in the world today and I feel I can change this by providing a new approach to yoga with increased accessibility and innovation in creative environments, suitable for anyone keen to give yoga a go.

While my classes are not traditional, my experience and capabilities as a teacher ensure you are in very good hands. So go on, why not check out my range of classes and give it ago! You won’t be disappointed!

Love Kotte xx

 
 
 
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Yoga By Kotte

Yoga By Kotte was founded in 2014. With a great success in her work to decommerialize the yoga industry.

Kotte has worked with multiple organisations, Te Puna Wai, Kilmarnock, Youth Town, Cancer Society, Cathedral Grammar, City Care, Ryman Healthcare, Red Cross, this is to mentioned a few.

Kotte has introduce the practice to organisations within Christchurch, nationally, and globally. With a focus on creating tools for individuals to use on their daily live.

Kotte was the first yoga teacher to win an award in the Exercise Industry Awards. In 2018 she was awarded an scholarship to attended the Accessible Yoga Conference in Canada, and is a New Zealand ambassador.

First yoga class taught at The Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu with over 250 attendees. She has participated a multiple range of festival in the South Island, recently at FESTA festival, second time speaker at Tedx youth 2018, this is to mention a few. Recently taught yoga to more than 1400 delegates from 85 countries at the Social Enterprise World Forum 2018 in Scotland. Her approach is innovative, refreshing, offering yoga to organizations, sectors and industries that never thought yoga, meditation or mindfulness would suit them.

The social enterprise focuses on providing tools to individuals to apply on their daily routines, at an accessible cost and with an non religious approach.

Kotte makes a different due to her fun, light and creative approach to yoga, breaking stereotypes and creating an accessible practice.

Facilitating yoga in work places, conferences, schools, and a whole different range, she bring the audience to a level of awareness and calm, energizing the body and mind to ensure focus during a long conference or work day.

Our partners are so important and we accomplish a lot together. 
 

Yoga by Kotte proudly connects with businesses, organisations and charities across Canterbury with the mission to expand across New Zealand. Collaboration is central to our mission to bring creative and accessible yoga to every body, across all communities. 


YOGA BY KOTTE is proud to work with:

 

Lululemon   |   Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand   



Ara Institute of Canterbury   |   Te Puna Wai   |   Youthtown    |   Stepping Stone  



Christchurch City Care   |   Christchurch Youth Council   |   Biz Dojo   |   FESTA   



Cosmic Corner   |   City Fitness   |   Anytime fitness - Cashmere + Hornby   |   YMCA   



St Margarets College   |   Waimari School   |   Breens Intermediate  

 


Become a Partner
 

If your organisation would like to partner with Yoga by Kotte, fill out the form below and we will get back to you.

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