Teela Hammell & James Fleischmann
Teela grew up in a tiny river town in the driftless region of Northeast Iowa, though she's spent most of the last ten years in Ecuador. Six years ago, a bout of Bell's Palsy left half of her face temporarily paralyzed. During this experience, Teela heard the voice of her body for the first time and was overcome with a felt sense of her own animal wildness. Suddenly, she had access to an infinite amount of wisdom that had been available in her body her entire life. From that point on she's been guiding others toward a greater sense of embodiment and communion with the voice on their own innate, wild wisdom through yoga, Wild(her)ness coaching, Reiki, international retreats, and "soul-shaking" immersion experiences.
Teela's main objective is to welcome her students back into their own skin. She teaches body awareness, but more tha that, she teaches body love and loving the present moment,
just as it is. Through a blend of vinyasa-flow yoga and trauma-releasing techniques, her instruction allows students an opportunity to clear a space inside of themselves big enough for their truth to bloom into. Her students leave class feeling more whole, alive, free, and worthy of the space they take up.
She has a background in trauma-focused psychology,
crisis counseling, and is an RYT 500 with more than ten years of yoga experience. She's the founder of Wild(her)ness, a movement connecting as many women as possible with their own wild roots.
Together, she and her partner James create an immersive, body-awakening experience, sure to drum up some divine inner wisdom from the long-muted depths.
James fell in love with the drum as a child. He played professionally and toured nationally for
years before leaving the music scene to travel the world and experience new cultures. Upon his return, he went headlong into the business world, climbing his way up the corporate ladder to Vice President of a prominent Chicago-based technology company. And that’s when everything changed.
He realized he had achieved his “dreams" and felt completely unfulfilled. Worse, he felt numb to the world and to himself. After a series of awakening experiences, James left the corporate world and looked inward. His journey eventually took him to South America, where he encountered the ancient tradition of drum healing. At last, the many facets of his life came together and he answered the call.
After unwittingly using drums as a form of self-healing for 26 years, James began working as a drum healer and coach. The primary intention he holds in his work is to reconnect himself and others with something long forgotten and essential - the primal self.