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Sharli Ziebarth’s Limber Tree Yoga Studio

A Lesson in Bending, not Breaking When Sharli Ziebarth first unrolled a yoga mat at the Billings YMCA, she was 22 and looking to relieve some pain she’d been experiencing during her pregnancy. That day, she had no idea she was starting a journey toward self-discovery, healing and entrepreneurship. Eleven years later, Sharli is the…

Family’s Mission to Fight Opioid Addiction

Remembering Mary Kate Carol and John Keenan always considered themselves somewhat private people. A series of events in the fall of 2016 changed that. It started with a powerful obituary, a call from a news reporter, and the realization that their 22-year old-daughter, Mary Kate, wouldn’t be coming home after an opioid overdose took her…

Motivated to Move

Four women take a journey toward healthier living Many women experience it. As the years go by, the number on the scale creeps higher. Hormonal imbalances kick into gear, making the struggle to lose weight and keep it off even harder. One pound turns into five and then into 10, 15 or even 20. After…

Brain Cancer Can’t Stop Her

Lisa Demarais is a Workout Warrior On any given day, you might find 36-year-old Lisa Demarais strapping on her rollerblades to hit the sloped trails on the Rims. Other days, she might be front and center at the YMCA taking a Cardio Kickboxing or Boot Camp class. She loves when instructor Jackie Claunch makes her…

Half Her Size

One Billings woman cut flour and sugar to trim the fat Today when Jan Iverson picks up her one-time favorite pair of black dress pants, she can fit both feet through one leg. It’s a picture that’s worth a lifetime of words and underscores a weight loss journey 40 years in the making. “I have…

Third Time is a Charm

Billings woman is proof a VBAC is possible, even after multiple c-sections   Before 26-year-old Krischel Moran even felt the flutters of her third child inside the womb, she knew she and her husband, Luis, wanted this baby to come into the world differently. With two prior Caesarian section births, she did her research, hoping…

Healing to the Beat

Brooke Wagner brings the sounds of music to Billings pediatric patients On a quiet morning in St. Vincent Healthcare’s neo-natal intensive care unit, monitors beep, keeping a digital eye on some of Billings’ tiniest residents. In a peaceful corner, Kim Strand sits, cuddling her 19-day-old granddaughter, Freya. The tiny little girl had a rough entry…

The Unstoppable Rebecca Douglas

Changing minds, bodies & lives one workout at a time Fit Body Boot Camp isn’t your typical gym. For starters, it’s not even called a gym. It’s a fitness studio, and newcomers will notice that it’s smaller. Instead of a room full of treadmills and stationary equipment, Fit Body Boot Camp has an array of…

100 Ways to Change your Wellness Today!

power packed promises for a healthier you When it comes to health, many times, it’s the smallest steps that deliver the biggest results. Adopt some of these small but mighty promises to your body. In time, you might just experience lower levels of stress, higher doses of happiness and better progress reports when you hit…

Moving from Illness to Wellness

The whole body approach of Functional Medicine Consider the last time you visited a doctor. If you are like most people in the United States, you spent between 13 and 16 minutes with your doctor. That’s the industry average according to a 2016 study. You were also probably one of about 25 patients your doctor…

New Weapons in the Fight against Depression

The Struggle to Survive Dark, overwhelming and heavy doesn’t even begin to describe the depths of despair that seemed to shackle 45-year-old Gretchen Ulrickson for stretches at a time. She would spend days in bed, unable to crawl out to face the world. Depression would settle in and its choke hold on her mood brought…

6 Surefire Ways to Stay Safe This Summer

Tips to protect your family when you hit the great outdoors Ahhhh, summer. It’s a time when the daylight hours last a little longer and the sun’s rays are a little hotter. While these precious, sun-kissed months make for great family memories, there’s no question you have to think about safety along the way. From…

The Healing Power of Yoga

Building a body of strength Watching Yoga Therapist Pam Havig lead students in her Slow & Gentle Yoga class, you’d think that she’s been fit and flexible her whole life. As she calmly guides those present through each stretching and bending motion, breathing deeply along the way, her movements are fluid and graceful. She bends…

Training Your Brain to Take a Break

Stepping off the emotional treadmill I’m not a runner. I view people who run as a bit mad. I can’t imagine being driven to run from one place to another, pounding pavement as your ankles crack and your knees creak, all while pitting out expensive, specially-designed clothing. It’s just not for me. But there is…

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