Maile Wicklander

Studio Owner


Photo Credit:  Ashley LeTourneau

Photo Credit: Ashley LeTourneau

Born and raised in Central California I came to Chicago from San Francisco for a graduate degree in Psychology and fell in love with the city, the people and the snow! After also falling in love with an amazing man, I got married, had 2 children and settled in Logan Square. During the few years I spent as full-time mother, I discovered yoga. I was drawn to it as way to reconnect with who I am as a person, not just the various roles that I played in my life. I was also drawn to the quiet reflection and the turning-inward that yoga encouraged.

Despite the hard economic times, I felt a calling to open a yoga studio in my beloved neighborhood. I took a leap, found the perfect space and worked hard to make Tula a reality.

My philosophy on life is reflected in the environment and running of Tula. I believe that life is too short not to be enjoyed and the ultimate gauge for success should be happiness, not money, fame or popularity. I believe that Yoga is fun, has to have a sense of humor and doesn't have to 'serious' to be beneficial; it doesn't have to be hard, extreme or reserved only for the beautiful and fit. I purposely chose not to pursue a yoga teacher’s certification or training program before opening the studio because I wanted to make sure that I built the studio through my naïve eyes of a student, still open to many ideas and interpretations. Finally, I believe that to be great, you need to break a few rules once in awhile and make your our path - not just blindly follow the in the footsteps before you.

My hope for Tula is that it will become a conduit for people to find their own yoga, find themselves, find friends & community and ultimately enjoy the journey.