We've all heard of Kama Sutra and know it's a really old (and very sex-heavy) book, but that's about as far as our knowledge goes, right? Lovepleasure sex expert Louise is here to answer all our burning questions like, "What the hell even is it?" and, "Are the positions even doable?"
What is Kama Sutra?
Written in old Indian Hindu, the Kama Sutra actually dates all the way back to 400 BC (retro or what?) Most of us consider it to be an encyclopedia of awesome sex positions. Actually though, only a teeny weeny amount of the OG Kama Sutra was about positions. The other 80% focuses on love-related philosophy and how to sustain desire.
Why do it?
Why not? Kama Sutra is a veritable fountain of sex inspo, whether you're in a relationship or having casual sex.
How can you give it a whirl?
Obvs it's best to start with the basic beginners' positions. Then, when you've got those down and feel confident, you can branch out and twist yourself into all sort of knots with the harder positions. If you're stuck for ideas you can always write down the names of the positions, and randomly pick one (or get your partner to) to make it more a light-hearted, and like a game. The less presh the better when it comes to sex, naturally.
Easy positions to try
P.S. Although described using "the man" and "the woman", these positions can work whether you're having sex with someone with a penis, or if you're using a strap-on.
Slow and gentle is what this position is all about, so it's a really great starting point. If you want intimacy and to look into each others' eyes while being able to touch each other all over, it's this yoga-style sitting pose that'll give it to you.
On a bed or rug, sit opposite each other. The giving partner sits with their legs crossed and the receiver sits astride them, with their arms and legs wrapped around them.
The receiver will have more control, so will be able to thrust while the giver supports their bum. To heighten arousal they can also suck, kiss or caress the receiver's breasts or neck.
If you want to take it to the next level: Add a cock ring, nipple clamps or massage oil.
Milk and Water
The giver sits on their feet with the receiver turned away from them, sat astride their lap. The receiver's in the perfect position to show them exactly how they like to be touched, and the giver can play with their erogenous zones like the breasts, or clitoris. The receiver lifts themselves onto the giver when they're both ready, and they "hold each other so tightly that they feel fused as one." N'awww.
If you want to take it to the next level: Bullet vibrator, nipple suckers, textured condoms.
Yeah, we know. Snails are probably one of the least sexy creatures, so let's turn a blind eye to the name of this one because in truth, it's so great for deep sensations.
The receiver lies down and then pulls their knees up to their chest. They then place their feet over the giver's shoulders. They kneel in front, and penetrates their partner by moving their weight onto their own hands which are placed aside the receiver's shoulders. Lubricant is a must with this, one as there's going to be some seriously deep penetration.
If you want to take it to the next level: Butt plug or anal beads.
The Splitting Bamboo
This one's a variation on missionary and is another good one for deep penetration. Lying on their back, the receiver places on of their legs on the bed/rug/floor, and lifts the other up in the air. Straddling their lower leg, the giver puts the receiver's lifted leg on their shoulder. They can now thrust into their partner. The receiver's hands are totally free so they can touch themselves.
If you want to take it to the next level: clitoral vibrators or handcuffs.
The RiderYou may recognize this one as kind of like reverse cowgirl. Lying on their back, the giver stretches their legs right out. Positioned towards their feet, the receiver sits straddling them, and lowers themselves onto their partner. Now, they can balance their weight on their knees and lean forward while sliding back and forth. The receiver's also free to play with their partner's butt, or whatever they want really.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.