Heike Chetty

South Africa
Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

5 Reviews

Breath, Strength, Integrity & Spirit – the four pillars of Forrest Yoga have changed my life!

Coming from a language background and working in an office environment for a couple of years, I felt stuck, immobile and numb. I discovered yoga in 2008 and what initially started as a form of physical exercise developed into a passion and practice that has given me back the connection to myself.


Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

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Very Friendly
More Hands off
Frequent Adjustments
New Teacher
Very Experienced
On the Wild Side
Safety Oriented
Body Focused
Very Spiritual


Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

Heike is truely passionate about yoga and her students. She is a student of Forrest yoga and embodies what it stands for - working your breath into places so emotional healing can take place. Although her classes are very spiritually focused, one might not be aware of this, and just go with the flow. There is always a fun element to her classes and her sparkly personality is infectious. I would highly recommend a class with Heike!

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A different mind, a different body

I had tried many different types of Yoga but it wasn't until I started Heike's Forrest classes that I really started appreciating what a regular practice can do for your mind and body.
I am now hooked, I hate missing classes and cannot wait to get back to them once my body allows me to after baby.


Almost a year in, I am so much stronger and have a much deeper respect for my body and what it is capable of, but also understand much more how body and mind can work together to create an inner calmness, strength and peace of mind.
When I walk out of a class I am always astounded at how well I feel, and how much of me has been stretched, kneaded and shifted into place in just 90 minutes.
Heike's classes are very holistic, you don't just get a really good full body workout, but there is an almost medicinal approach to her teaching that helps you to understand your body much better as you manipulate it into various postures.
Her voice is gentle and guiding yet there is a definite firmness to her style and she has such belief and individual respect for her students that you are inspired to push yourself out of your comfort zone and get as much out of every class as possible.
She is clearly very dedicated to her practice and exploring her own limitations, which also comes across in her classes. They are very varied and she is good at picking up on the dynamic of the group and adapting her classes accordingly, it can get quite experimental sometimes which is wonderful.
I discovered I was pregnant after just a few classes and carried on with the Forrest yoga until well into my third trimester. I trusted Heike implicitly when it came to the safety of myself and the baby and I am sure that her classes have contributed to me feeling strong, healthy and uninhibited by my pregnancy until the end.
Thank you, Heike for making me a strong Mama, I look forward to continuing the journey in a few weeks time:)

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Inspiring Yoga journey!

I have been doing yoga for almost 7 years and have been practicing all forms of yoga alongside Heike.

Her journey is so inspiring.

From her first class to every class, she makes me realize my yoga practice is constantly changing and my body and mind has no limits.
I am always learning, growing and stretching towards more...


As a Forrest yoga teacher she really gives more than a workout. Her classes are like an exploration and an adventure to self discovery.
Its not just physical, its emotional and spiritual as well.

Heike's own amazing practice inspires me to to push myself and her handstand challenge shows that with dedication and focus, everyone can improve day by day.

Heike is not just a great teacher she is a special yogi friend.

Love, Light and NAMASTE <3

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Heike's yoga

I’m no authority on yoga so, rather than a review, this is an account of my experience in Heike’s classes. That experience will be different from the norm (if there is a ‘norm’) - I have an abnormal congenital condition.
Right-sided hemiparises.


It’s a weakness of the right side of the body causing (or caused by), amongst other things, nerve retardation … resulting in a lack of muscle intelligence. I’m including my left side too; after 45 or so years of compensating for the right, it’s just as mixed up and confused as the right.
My muscles are stupid, but, thanks in part to Heike’s classes, they’re becoming more aware. They’re starting to assert themselves; making their presence felt and performing their proper functions better than ever.

Heike’s Forrest yoga works wonders for me. My muscles are softening—I know, I know ... that sounds counter-desirable, but believe me, soft muscle is functional muscle, it can stretch and bend and compress, like prime steak. My muscles are hard and weak and brittle, like 'biltong'. (That's South African for 'jerky'.) But as I said, they are softening. The various bends and stretches and compression postures improve the blood flow into those muscles; and slowly, as they soften, they’re more able to release as well as contract.
My muscles are good at contracting. See, I’ve never trusted them to carry my weight (trust issues) so I’ve always tensed them, held them rigid (by holding my breath much of the time) whenever extra effort is required .
I’ll be in my version of a Warrior 3, or some other near-impossible balancing pose, straining away, and I’ll hear Heike call from across the room – “Huw, you’re not breathing.”
Oh, right. Thanks for that. You’re a life-saver.
Heike’s aware of her students, their limits, and their needs. She always, always, always emphasises the breath … which should never be taken for granted, trust me.

As varied as her classes are, they’re underpinned by consistent technical principles. I’m learning to ‘wrap’ my shoulders, tilt my pelvis, tuck my tailbone, not compress into the lower spine, even flex my toes. Being what they are, my muscles forget what they learn fairly quickly; but Heike drums in those same principles week after week without fail.
I’m grateful for that. I can feel the difference all the little details make, even though I can’t do any of that precision stuff very well. Often, she’ll come over, help me make an adjustment (or just keep me from falling over) … and then I REALLY feel the difference. So I’m grateful, too, that she’s hands-on, approachable, patient, passionate, concerned and, above all, competent … as I said, I have trust issues.

She varies the intensity of her classes too, which I appreciate. I like her gentler interludes, where she makes time for set up, long deep stretches, and for in-between banter and relaxation. But even in those ‘gentle’ classes, before long I’ll be holding myself up in a downward dog on the wall (one of her favourite forms of torture) – or something similar – gritting my teeth, and the sweat will be pouring down to my mat . Not to mention those elbow-to-knee ab crunches. She never forgets those. They’re in every class of hers that I’ve been in. Heike’s a sweet girl, but jeez, she makes you realise, Forrest yoga’s not for sissies.

Sometimes I stuff around, watch the clock, chalk up another class when it’s done, and go home; other times I focus, try do my poses exactly as instructed, and adhere to all her subtle corrections. Those times I don’t even notice the clock; and when it’s over, my mat, once again, is speckled with sweat, but I feel stronger, looser, straighter and calmer. (Or I should say ‘karma.’)
There’s a metaphysical dimension to her classes. It’s nothing over-stated, but I always feel, in Heike’s presence, that I’m conditioning my body and my soul … which is cool.

‘Making space in the body.’ That’s a phrase used extensively by all the teachers at the centre where I practice. I first heard it about a year ago, from Heike, in one of my very first Forrest classes. Back then, to me, it was an empty phrase. I had no concept or experience of ‘space in the body’. (My hips = locked iron gates.) I kept on thinking: what on earth is she going on about? Space in the body?
She persisted, and lately, along with the delicious clicks in my joints and the shooting groin tweaks, I’m feeling my muscles stretch into space that wasn’t there before – beautiful new, clean space, infused with exquisite sensation. I’d recommend the making of this space to anyone. It’s great! And it’s available through the practice of Heike’s yoga.

I discovered one day – again in Heike’s class – that this space in the body develops space in the mind. There I was, sitting on my block, my thighs up at an insanely tight V angle. That space came in a wonderful rush that washed away pain, melted anxiety, and made me want to sit still like that forever.
In my experience, if anything’s better than space in the body, it’s space in the mind. It is, (again in my experience) quiet space – such a relief from all the noise! … which makes me think I should stop this now and just be grateful, that there is the practice of yoga, that there are switched-on people who care, and that there’s a place like The Yoga Republic, in Randburg, South Africa. It’s a genuine gift from heaven … and Heike complements it perfectly.

Huw Edwards (yoga student)

Heike ChettySeptember 25, 2013

I'm blown away by this Huw, thank you so much for all that effort! And thank you so much for letting me guide you, I learn as much from you as you seem to learn from me. And I'm gonna quote you in the future - 'creating space in your body creates space in your mind' - I love that!

See you soon!

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My Journey

When I started yoga it was about getting into shape but I was not even that serious about it. Heike's easy going approachable nature kept me going back. She made the classes enjoyable even though they were tough as well. She has a way with people that you got to love. The way she encourages one makes you feel " I Can Do It". There are days when you feel you did not have a good class maybe its cause of the space you were in or you just couldn't let go of a bad day you had but on these day just listening to Heike's soothing voice makes one feel I'm glad I got onto my mat today.
Thank You Heike