Kama Sutra: More Than Just a Sex Book

The Kama Sutra, famous for its hundreds of sex position descriptions, has more to offer on sex than intricate postures.


The terms “lotus” or “buzzing monkey” might sound like names of yoga postures, but, perhaps surprisingly, they are the names of positions from the Kama Sutra. Attributed to Vatsyayana Mallanaga, who wrote it during the 2nd century, the Kama Sutra delineates how to fulfil “kama”—translated to English as “lust”, “pleasure” or “love”—one of the four aims of human life according to Hinduism.

Famous for its 729 descriptions of sex positions for cis, straight lovers, the Kama Sutra not only, nor even mainly, focuses on intercourse. It offers perspectives on love, relationships and anything related to human pleasure. Contrary to popular belief, the Kama Sutra is all about getting to know each other’s bodies better; it includes positions that don’t necessarily call for extreme flexibility in bed or bendiness on the kitchen table. Positions similar to missionary or spooning serve as a reminder that the best sex does not necessarily rhyme with complexity.

The Sphinx can be a beautiful yet simple Kama Sutra position that accommodates penetration of both the anus and the vulva. To assume this position, the recipient lies on their stomach, leaning on both forearms and bends one leg to hip level. From behind, their partner can lay on top of them, initiating penetration using hands, a penis or a toy. To enhance penetration, the recipient can arch their back and gently lift their bottom.


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