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Kama Sutra - 8 Positions and Sex Tips From The Kama Sutra

Kama Sutra - 8 Positions and Sex Tips From The Kama Sutra - The Cowgirl Blog

Written by sex journalist and expert, Gabrielle Kassel, for The Cowgirl.

You’ve probably heard of the Kama Sutra—you know, the ancient text reputed to infuse your sex life with spice, sauce, and sensuality. 

But likely, what you’ve heard about the Kama Sutra is skewed. “Contrary to popular belief,the Kama Sutra is not merely a sex manual packed with kinky positions for lovemaking,” says sex and relationship educator​​​​​​Barbara Santini. It also covers topicslike mental well-being, platonic relationships, and nature. 

And the parts thatare about sex? Well, they’re farmore accessible to pleasure-seekers of all flexibility-levels (including not very) and farless sex-focused than you might believe. Meaning, you too can gain some benefits from incorporating the texts teachings into your love life. 

Below, sexuality professionals breakdown common misconceptions about the Kama Sutra—then, share 5 Kama Sutra inspired sex positions to with your boo(s) that don’t require acrobatic-level mobility. 

The History of The Kama Sutra

The termKama Sutra comes from an ancient Hindu text,The Kamasutra. Written in Sanskrit by philosopher Vatsyayana Mallanga between 400 BCE and 200 BCE, this text has a reputation has being *the* book for erotic lovemaking. “But this sacred, dense text actually shows how to explore desire in and out of the bedroom,” according to Santini. Chasing, embracing, and honoring pleasure is a way of navigating the world, according to The Kama Sutra, which gives individuals tips and techniques for doing so. 

This text wasn’t translated into English until 1883 byRichard Burton. Burton, widely known for being a champion of colonialism and Orientalism, is blamed for the narrow understanding of The Kama Sutra because his original translation distilled many of the ideas down. These days, there’s been an effort from sexuality educators to correct ill-conceived notions of the Kama Sutra, in order to get more individuals to implement its teachings into their life.

3 Lessons To Take From The Kama Sutra

The Kama Sutra is a meaty text. So, here’s the Sparknotes version. (You’re welcome).

1. Pleasure is the point.

Pleasure, not orgasm, is the purpose of sex, according to the Kama Sutra. And sex educators agree!

“When orgasm stops being the goal for sex, you open up the opportunity to enjoy the full experience of pleasure,” says sex educator Kate Delgado Resident Sex Educator with Lioness. “It's so much easier to enjoy what feels good in the moment when you're not focused on what will feel good ‘at the end’."

By stripping away orgasm imperative, Santini adds that fucking in accordance with the Kama Sutra can help reduce instances of performance anxiety and erectile dysfunction. Word!

One way to put this principle into practice is to gamify it. You might, for example, forbid yourselves from coming. Or, see who can go longest without reaching the O-zone.

2. Pre-play is a prerequisite to penetration.

Yep, the Kama Sutra is team foreplay.

“It teaches you to, and how to, embrace your partner before intercourse,” explains Santini. The goal of these embraces, according to the text, is to increase proximity and intensify pleasure before penetration has commenced.

In practice, that means spending more time enjoying non-penetrative sex acts, such asanalingus, vibrator play, grinding, kissing, and nipple play, and chest tissue stimulation.

3. If orgasm does happen, the woman should orgasm first.

These days we know people of any gender can have sex with any gender! But for people in heterosexual relationship, some of the heterocentric knowledge nuggets are still gold. Such is the case with the sacred texts' views on orgasm.

Ready? “The Kama Sutra recommends that a woman should orgasm several times and should climax first,” says Santini.

Your move: Prioritize sex acts that give the love nub (clit) plenty of love, such as cunnilingus, vibrator play.

5 Kama Sutra Positions To Try

Want to take a page from the Kama Sutra playbook? Give one of these Kama Sutra positions a try. 

1. Standing

Kama Sutra - 8 Positions and Sex Tips From The Kama Sutra: The Standing Position - The Cowgirl Blog

This position happens exactly as you’d guess: standing. Also known as Tripadam, this position is great for quickies. To try it, lean back against a wall with your partner standing in front of you. Then, using the wall to support your back, try lifting one (or both!) of your legs around their back.

As your partner grinds against you, ramp up the intimacy by gazing into their eyes. Or, bring your lips to their neck and kiss their thrumming heartbeat.

2. Janukurpara 

Do you and bae have a significant height difference? Give the standing sex position, Janukurpara, a whirl. Here, your partner will pick you up so that your legs can wrap around their hips before backing you up against the wall.

Just keep in mind that deep (deep!) penetration is possible in this configuration. Experiment with the angle of your pelvis to find a depth and angle that feels best to you. And be sure to communicate with your partner throughout.

Kama Sutra - 8 Positions and Sex Tips From The Kama Sutra: The Janukurpara Position - The Cowgirl Blog

3. Plough

Kama Sutra - 8 Positions and Sex Tips From The Kama Sutra: The Plough Position - The Cowgirl Blog

If you enjoy doggy style, you like enjoy Plough. To try this position, have the receiver lie face down on the bed, so that their legs are spread and hanging off the mattress. Then, have the penetrating partner step between their legs and hold them up. (Yes, this set-up does resemble the wheelbarrow racing position!).

If this position sounds like a workout, that’s because it is! So consider starting in a less taxing position (like missionary), before finishing up here.

4. Lotus 

The most iconic Kama Sutra sex position of all time, Lotus is a seated, face-to-face sex position. Interested? Have the partner who is going to be doing the penetrating sit criss-cross applesauce. Then, have the receiver partner climb aboard with their legs wrapped around the bottom partner’s waist. From here, rather than focusing on an in-and-out motion, focus on moving side-to-side or in slow circles. Hello, G-spot stimulation

Kama Sutra - 8 Positions and Sex Tips From The Kama Sutra: The Lotus Position - The Cowgirl Blog

5. Lotus on The Cowgirl

Kama Sutra - 8 Positions and Sex Tips From The Kama Sutra: The Lotus Position on The Cowgirl - The Cowgirl Blog

This Lotus variation is perfect for people who have a rideable vibrator like The Cowgirl, but no partner.

To try it, outfit the sex machine with your favorite penetrative attachment. Then, when you’re ready, straddle the machine. Once you’re full, rather than easing the attachment in and out of your hole, grind your pelvic against the machine, until you find a rhythm that feels best. 

Pro tip: Use plenty of lube! This will prevent any unwanted friction.