Vedic Chanting is the practice of learning and reciting the Vedas, whilst chanting and following a specific set of rules relating to pitch, rhythm, duration of sounds, strenght, overall musicality, etc.
This tradition has been passed on from teacher to student in a long uninterrupted chain, dating back to long before the first scriptures were found. Some say they date back to as long as 16 centuries B.C. Chanting is thus an oral tradition, even if today students benefit from transcriptions of Vedic texts -like the "Mantravalli - An Anthology of Sacred Chants" seen below- to help with their practice.
One of the reasons to practice vedic chanting is to immerse oneself in the Vedas, the most ancient spiritual texts from India, having influenced its religion, philosophy, arts and overall "dharsana's", or points of view. These texts deal with relationships between man and the universe, his spiritual search, but also his personal accountabilities in daily life.
I do consider mantra chanting as an essential part of my yoga practice, to enhance both health and spiritual development. Chanting brings clarity, joy and opens your heart.