Lux Alptraum Photographed by Natalia Mantini. But somewhere down the line and probably due to more than a little orientalism , the non-sex parts of the Kama Sutra got forgotten, and the sex parts got expanded upon — and, in some cases, totally reinvented shocking as it may seem, Vatsyayana did not write about sex acts involving detachable shower heads. A wide variety of stuff — including, yes, lots of sex positions. We'll be updating this post with more KamaSutra sex positions, so once you've mastered these, check back for more.
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Check out more here. According to the text, penises and vaginas both come in three variations. A penis might be a hare, a bull, or a stallion, while a vagina might be a doe, a mare, or a cow-elephant.
Paola Delucca Queen of Heaven Indranika Another entrant into the catalog of positions intended to ease a vagina open and expand its capacity, the "Queen of Heaven" which, the text notes, requires practice involves a man wrapping his thighs around his female partner and forcefully opening the vagina with his hands.
The name is apparently an ode to the wife of Indra, the King of Heaven , who is credited with inventing this position. There are a number of ways to do this, but one of the most interesting is "envelopment," which involves the woman crossing her legs, one over the other, while being penetrated.
Another strategy in the catalogue of ways to help a vagina increase its capacity in anticipation of an extra package, expanding seems like it would get exhausting pretty quick. The commentary expands upon this description to note that, like a mare with a stallion, this position involves sliding the penis into the vagina without any kissing or embracing, apparently in cowgirl style. Paola Delucca Impalement shulachitaka No wait, I lied: Good places to lay hands on your lover?
The shoulders, the head, the gap between the breasts, the back, the genital region, and the sides; blows can be exchanged with the side of the hand, the palm of the open hand, the fist, and with the ends of the fingers joined in case you were curious. Paola Delucca Lotus padmasana Think of a yoga lotus position. Now imagine pulling off that bodily contortion and simultaneously inserting a penis into a vagina.
Finally, a new flexibility goal to work towards! In the basic version of this position, both partners stand while leaning against a wall or column. Thus, one learns a thousand ways to copulate. Why is this the way peasants do it? For instance, did you know butt sex is popular in the South of India, I presume?
Well, now you do! Paola Delucca City Dweller What distinguishes a city libertine from a country one? In other geographic insights, the Kama Sutra notes that in certain country villages, as well as the area presently known as Tajikistan, women who are shut up in apartments sometimes hide young men away with them.
If these women are highly sensual, they might even hide multiple men at once. The book describes this position as involving the woman being taken from behind while bent in three. Sounds like doggy style to me, but you be the judge. Paola Delucca Lateral box parshva samputa Not every Kama Sutra position is particularly crazy, or even all that involved.
Box — which comes in three variations — is merely defined as doing it face to face. In lateral box, the couple lies on their sides while making eye contact and genital contact. Advertisement 18 of 22 Frontal box The third version of box brings us back to slightly freaky sex territory: In this variation, the woman folds her knees against her breasts while the man faces her in a doubled-up position and presses his hips against hers. Then clasp them with your arms, because holding your thighs up can get pretty tiring.
From here, the male partner in this position is supposed to lift his knees, grip his partner, and go to town on her. Sounds good to me. Gaping might be just the position for you. Depending on the bodily proportions of the people involved, it might be a bit difficult to achieve penetration while keeping the knees locked over the shoulders, but hey: Figuring out how to make it all work is half the fun of having sex, right?