The Female Deer Exercise

Yoga Asana Series

Awakening the Goddess Within

crosslegs[1]It is thought that this simple Qi Gong exercise to increase Women's Vitality, Sexual Health, Fertility and Pleasure has its roots in tantra and can be performed once or twice daily, except during menstruation or pregnancy.

The Female Deer Exercise tones the female endocrine system, increasing overall vitality, sensuality, centeredness, and turns uncomfortable bottled-up sexual desire into relaxed, enjoyable sensuality. It cultivates sexual energy, improves overall vitality and mental alertness, improves sexual enjoyment, and reduces or eliminates many common women's ailments. It is simple to perform, takes only a few minutes and is very pleasurable.

Together, the two phases of the female deer exercise spread sexual pleasure and energy throughout the body, increasing the potential for clitoral, vaginal, and whole-body orgasm. By regulating female hormones and increasing bloodflow, they also help to prevent or cure PMS, irregular menstruation, anemia, sterility, ovarian cysts, vaginal discharge, fibroids, incontinence, and more.

It should be noted that along with increasing sexual health, enjoyment, mental clarity, and overall vitality, the exercise increases libido and fertility, so appropriate precautions should be taken to prevent an unplanned pregnancy!

The Exercise

You need to be in a warm, comfortable space free of draughts and interruptions. Then sit in siddhasana (cross legs on the floor or on a cushion, with one heel softly pressed back against the opening of the vagina, exerting a gentle pressure on the clitoris, the other foot resting on the floor next to the shin). If the posture is difficult (because of inflexible hips or knee pain), you may also use a small rubber ball between the heel and the vagina to provide this gentle acupressure.

There are two steps

First, a pleasurable circular massage of the breasts, and second, a pelvic exercise called 'holding firm,' similar to a kegel exercise.

  1. The Breast MassageRemember it's supposed to be nice! Remove all clothing and jewellery, sit in the posture described above. Warm your hands by rubbing them vigorously together. Now place them over lower side of your breasts. Lightly rub in, upward and outward circles. The hands travel together up the inside of the breasts toward the face, then outwards, downwards, inwards, and upwards again. Lightly chafe the skin in circular motions with the nipples at the centre of the circle. Do not hold the breasts and move them - skim over the surface of the skin.Enjoy the sensations and connect with the warm pleasurable feelings. This is important to increase the connections between the nerves and endocrine glands in the breasts and the center of the brain and the pineal and pituitary glands in your head. Plus, it sensualizes you, giving your cognitive mind a short break. For general purposes of vitality, health and increased sensitivity, 36 repetitions are recommended, once or twice a day.
    • The breast massage stage of the deer exercise stimulates the nerves of the nipples and breasts. This in turn increases circulation, releases the hormones oxytocin, DHEA, and more, and increases neural development and blood and lymphatic circulation. It can increase both fullness and bouyancy of the bust by strengthening suspensory ligaments and muscles while increasing blood and lymphatic movement in the breasts... Learn more
  2. Holding Firm - the pelvic contractionFirst, rest your hands in your lap. Form your hands into fists by encircling your thumbs in the other fingers. This activates a number of important acupressure points. Next, gently tighten the muscles of the vagina as though contracting it. Keep breathing in a deep, relaxed manner while holding the contraction as long as you comfortably can. You only need to do this step once after each 36-rotation breast massage.During the contraction, try to keep the anal sphincter and stomach muscles relaxed while squeezing and lifting only the vaginal muscles. You can learn to isolate the muscles by feeling them contract against the pads of your fingers. Oh - smile and enjoy the experience while you contract your muscles!Feel the connection between the tingle in the pelvic floor, the tingle in your spine, and the tingle in your brain. enjoy it! If it's hard for you to locate the muscles to contract and lift, just think of the muscles you use to stop urination in mid-stream, and contract!
    • The pelvic exercise tones strengthens the vaginal muscles and the ligaments supporting the ovaries and fallopian tubes, increases fertility, and and increases pelvic blood flow and relaxed sensitivity.
Another explanation

The above version is adapted from Kenneth S. Cohen's The Way of Qi Gong

"If you apply the information from this book, if you engage in the practices described, you will notice wonderful results - in terms of increased sexual magnetism, increased energy for healing, rejuvenation and spiritual growth (yes, yes, yes - you may even get rid of some wrinkles), and of course, more fabulous sex." Laura De Giorgio of Deep Trance Now

Learn more about the Female Deer Exercise in the following books.
Sexual Reflexology: Activating the Taoist Points of Love by Manktak Chia
The Multi-orgasmic Couple: How Couples Can Dramatically Enhance Their Pleasure, Intimacy and Health by Maneewan Chia
The Art of the Bedchamber: Chinese Sexual Yoga Classics Including Women's Solo Meditation Texts by Douglas Wile
Taoist Bedroom Secrets: Tao Chi Kung Traditional Chinese Medicine for Health and Longevity on the Deep Sexual Wisdom of Love, by Chian Zettnersan


7 comments to The Female Deer Exercise

  • Heidi Reynolds

    The deer exercise is an ancient Chinese method of family planning and balancing the glandular system. The chi rotations are only half of the exercise. Kegels make up the second half. Some say you can use it to temporarily stop your periods but it sure eased mine

  • Moira

    Hi, I started doing this a few years back to try and improve my erratic and heavy periods, it worked and not only are my periods comfortable, my libido is soaring. Highly recommended

  • Carly Suniga

    Hey, another great thing I’ve found that stokes vitality is a yoni egg, a stone egg that can be carried inside the vagina for as long as enjoyable. It helps me to focus and prepare for intimacy

  • viki

    Hi, did you know in Chinese Sexology and Sexual Qi Gong, breast massage is considered one of the many wonderful feminine treasures for health, longevity and heightened pleasure. Qi Gong believes that energy stagnation in our body causes imbalances and diseases. It uses breath and movement to direct the flow of energy (chi) throughout the body promoting health and well being so massaging you boobs is so important.

  • A great exercise, for easing PMS, menstrual headaches, menopausal symptoms, irregular cycles, heavy bleeding, painful periods, lumpy breasts, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and other menstrual related symptoms, its a simple routine and can be done 10 minutes. The best 10 minutes of your day!

  • note that the lips of the vagina are sensitive and must be massaged and stimulated during the Deer Exercise. Sitting on the heel of a foot or a ball serves this purpose. Finger pressure also serves this purpose, but if finger pressure is used on the vaginal lips, it is important to rub the lips and press each of the twelve pressure points surrounding the opening in a clockwise motion. Alternatively, your partner can rub the vagina. This is very beneficial because the energy that flows through the hands of one partner flows into the body of the other. (In the man’s Deer Exercise, the woman can do the rubbing and holding of the testicles.)

  • joyce young

    Hi, I just love these exercises, they keep me in touch with my body and almost too shy to say that my sex life is much more enjoyable.

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