My elf is married to Aela and has already completed the Companion main-quest line.
Afterwards, I decided to do some of the remaining Companion quests but after completing "The Totems of Hircine", Aela stays in the Underforge praying. I tell her to follow me, she agrees, only to strictly go to the totem again, and prays. Damn zealot.
UPDATE: 2nd item, same old problem. This time my own workaround did not work for some reason. I hence unchecked my own answer and looking for a more specific solution if there is any.