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.


Terms like “lotus” or “buzzing monkey” may probably make you think of yoga postures – they actually are sex positions taken from the Kama Sutra. Attributed to Vatsyayana Mallanaga who wrote it some time during the 2nd century, the Kama Sutra describes how to fulfil “Kama” (can be translated 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 does not only, nor even mainly, focuses on intercourse – but offers perspectives on love, relationships, and anything pertaining to human pleasure. Also contrary to popular belief, the Kama Sutra is all about getting to know each other’s bodies better: it does not only include positions that call for extreme flexibility in bed or bendiness in the kitchen table. Positions similar to the missionary or spooning serve as a reminder that the best sex does not rhyme with complicated.

The Sphinx can be a beautiful, yet simple Kama Sutra position. It works both for vulva or anal penetration. Lying on their stomach, the recipient leans on both forearms and bends one leg to hip-level. Coming from behind, their partner may lay on top of them, and using either hands, penis, or toy can initiate penetration. The recipient may hollow their back, and push their bottom slightly upwards to deepen penetration.


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