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Yoga instructor Mary Bue wants to elevate cable access television with her forthcoming show Imbue Your Life. Filmed at CCX Create in Brooklyn Park, the program focuses on “spiritual, intuitive, heart-centered content,” with guests like an herbalist, intuitive healer, and astrologer. Hosting a TV show may seem like an unexpected career move for Bue, but she’s always been a seeker. She started meditating in her teens and at the University of Minnesota – Duluth studied Transpersonal Psychology, which integrates the spiritual and transcendent aspects of human existence with traditional psychology. By 2009, Bue was immersed in yoga, in part because her music career frustrated her. 

“The hustle of trying to be an independent musician and put music out into the world was really hard for me,” she says. “I would get jealous and I would feel sorry for myself because I didn’t feel like I was progressing in the way I wanted.” Through yoga, she learned how to calm her mind and detach from her thoughts. Her practice deepened and led to the opening of Imbue yoga studio in south Minneapolis in 2016. 

After Bue appeared on the cable access show “Feed Me Vegan,” to promote Ayurveda — an ancient medical system developed in India — producer Cheryl Moline liked her on-camera persona so much that she asked Bue to do her own show. While cable access TV features abundant Christian, cooking, political, and sports programming, there’s not much like Imbue Your Life on air. “We’re filling in that New Age spiritual void in Minnesota,” Bue says.

In her role as host, Bue has had to hone interviewing skills. “I’ve always been more of a listener than a talker with my friends. And I’ve always just loved asking questions with every new person I meet,” she says. “But the first show we did, I talked way too much about myself. I was not sure where to look. It was super awkward and very hard for me to watch.”

With each show — taping for fall release — she is more comfortable on-camera. She offers viewers a short practice that they can incorporate into their everyday lives. “I really believe in the power of daily practice, something you can commit to,” Bue says. “It doesn’t have to be huge, but something every day that incrementally will benefit you.” It could take the form of a five-minute meditation, a few yoga postures, or a breath practice. 

Because many people only satisfy basic urges and survival needs — food, sex, sleep — rather than operate from their higher faculties, the New Age practices may seem “woo-woo” to some. Bue aspires to remove that stigma.

“Whatever gets people through the door and gets them to start working with their mind and focusing on their well-being is good,” she says. “If it’s meditating on their chakras, if it’s more scientific — like looking at studies of the brain changing with meditation — if it’s yoga, whatever it is, I hope that people can learn about some new ways to bring these interesting new practices into their lives.”