“Sarasota Joe” will facilitate the ecstatic kirtan, which is a group-chanting of ancient mantras. CONTRIBUTED

Key Largo Yoga is offering two free events for the community. On Saturday, Feb. 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., kirtan will be offered, and on Sunday, Feb. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. the studio will screen the movie “Mantra – Sounds Into Silence.”

Kirtan is an ancient art form that involves up-tempo, lighthearted chanting of sacred mantras. Repetitive chanting of these mantras quiets the mind, vibrationally connects those chanting to each other and offers a pathway to divine love. All are welcome and encouraged to participate and sing their hearts out within a judgment-free environment.

This is not musical performance, but prayer offered in the form of song.  Above all, ecstatic kirtan is completely liberating, inspiring and a boatload of fun! The kirtan will be facilitated by musician “Sarasota Joe” Bruno. Over the last three years, Bruno’s donation-based weekly ecstatic community kirtan group in Sarasota has raised and donated thousands of dollars to local food banks and nonprofits that serve the special needs communities on the Florida Sun Coast. Bruno will accept donations for the kirtan, but they are not required.

A multi-instrumentalist and lifelong musician, Bhakta and vinyasa yoga teacher, Bruno’s kirtans are celebratory, up-tempo, joyous and lighthearted, invoking the divine child that dwells within.

The movie “Mantra — Sounds into Silence” is a feature-length documentary that explores the musical and social phenomenon of chant and response meditation. It features music and performances from Deva Premal & Miten with Manose, Krishna Das, Snatam Kaur, Jai Uttal, MC Yogi, Dave Stringer, Lama Gyurme & Jean-Philippe Rykiel, C.C. White, Mirabai Ceiba, Gaura Vani, Nina Rao, Charlie Braun & Others. More information is at www.mantramovie.com/. Attendees should wear comfortable clothes and bring a favorite blanket or pillow, and popcorn or snacks – even enough to share if you’d like.

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