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.



Today, I live and breathe Yoga. But that wasn’t always the case.

Originally from Chile, I travelled to New Zealand for a working holiday in 2009 (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, it was that class which saw the start of something amazing. Within months I as jet-setting off to Bali to attend yoga teacher training with Powerliving 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 the White Elephant 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.

In the past 3 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 commercialised 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 are teacher ensure you are in very good hands. So go on, why not check out my range of classes and give it a go! You won’t be disappointed!


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— Hope K.
I love Yoga by Kotte, she is amazing!!!
— Kate

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


YBK IN the media

  • NZ Exercise Industry Award Winner 2016
    Community Excellence within the Fitness Industry Award
  • TEDxYouth Speaker 2016
    Healing and Handstands: Using Yoga to Strengthen Communities.




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 meets art at the YMCA Spectrum Exhibition.

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.