What is the Kama Sutra and How Can it Benefit Your Sex Life?
Have you been wanting to spice up your sex life? Turns out, you're not alone.
Over a third of adults say they experience dissatisfaction in the bedroom. And if you're one of them, you've scoured the internet trying to find ways to put the "love" back in "lovemaking."
That's where the Kama Sutra comes in. Sure, it's got a reputation as the "sex positions book" but in reality, it's so much more than that.
If you've steered clear of the Kama Sutra, you've been missing out on ways to get the most out of your sex life. But don't worry, we're here to help.
Read on to learn more about the Kama Sutra and how it can help shake up your sex life.
What is the Kama Sutra?
The Kama Sutra is a 2000-year-old text written by an Indian Hindu philosopher named Vatsyayana. Over the years, the Kama Sutra got the reputation of being the book on ancient sex positions. But in reality, Vatsyayana want to emphasize one of the goals of Hindu life, Kama.
Kama, Artha, Dharma, and Moksha are the are four pursuits of Hindu life. Each pursuit is important, and they all represent different ideas.
Dharma is considered the most important because it's the pursuit of moral values. Artha is the pursuit of economic prosperity. And Moksha is the pursuit of spiritual values.
"Kama" translates to passion, desire, and pleasure. "Sutra" is the term for a unifying thought. So, Kama Sutra translates to the Rule Book of Sensual Desire.
It wasn't until India was colonized by the English that the Kama Sutra became popularized. Before then, only the elite could have access to the sacred text. But from its translation to English in 1883 onward, Kama Sutra piqued the interest of thousands.
Nowadays, Kama Sutra is perceived as any book about sexual positions. But, the real Kama Sutra written by Vatsyayana isn't a book that only discusses sex.
In actuality, the Kama Sutra is all about love.
Love over Lust
Yes, the Kama Sutra places heavy emphasis on sensuality. But it also acknowledges the dangers of having too much passion. Some might not think that's a problem, but according to Vatsyayana, it's possible to become so blinded by passion that you may lose sight of the other three pursuits.
So according to the Kama Sutra, it's important to take a more practical approach to sensuality. In fact, the majority of the Kama Sutra is dedicated to promoting healthy relationships, and deeper connections with your partner. How?
Well for one, the Kama Sutra emphasizes body positivity. No matter the shape or size of your body, you should feel accepted by your partner. Having a negative body image can cause discomfort because it creates a negative atmosphere in the bedroom.
Talk to your partner if you feel insecure. They're there to make you feel better and should accept you for who you are. You can also check out these tips to help boost your body confidence!
The Kama Sutra also discusses the importance of touch. Of course, sex is all about touching, but the Kama Sutra outlines the importance of non-sexual touch as well. And it turns out, Vatsyayana was onto something with that point.
Psychologists cite touching, such as hugging or caressing, as a powerful and positive emotional influence. But in order to create a loving atmosphere through touch, any sort of touching must be equal.
The concept of equal pleasure is called "samabhog." Both partners must have equal involvement with each other, inside and outside of the bedroom. Fulfilling discussions and spontaneous hugs are great ways to practice samabhog.
These are just a few ways the Kama Sutra can help to create a stronger bond between partners. Check out a copy of the Kama Sutra for more tips!
Let's Talk About Sex Techniques
Ah, the explosive moment you've been waiting for. The Kama Sutra features 64 sexual acts, of which makes up around 20% of the actual book. See, it's not all about gettin' down and dirty!
If you read and followed the non-sexual acts of love over lust, you're ready to find out how to manifest your love by getting even closer to your partner in a more hands-on way.
Here are a few sexual positions from the Kama Sutra, known as "the arts":
- The Cow (Dhenuka) is a position you're already familiar with. How? Because it's the same as doggy style! See, you've practiced Kama Sutra and didn't even know it.
- The Lotus or Padmasana is similar to the yoga position, except of course you're doing it with a partner (using both senses of the term). This position emphasizes the closeness between partners because it closes the physical distance between them.
- Full-Pressed (Piditaka) is accomplished when one partner pulls their knees up rests their feet on the other's chest. By placing a pillow underneath the partner that is laying down, there's a chance of having a more stimulating experience.
Keep in mind that many of the positions in the Kama Sutra aren't easy to do. Don't worry if you're having difficulties. You can still have fun practicing, after all!
Recapping the Kama Sutra
The Kama Sutra emphasizes the connection made between partners during sex. Loving touches outside of sex, maintaining a positive body image, and equal participation during sex are a few ways to create a more immersive and powerful experience during intercourse.
Now that you know the Kama Sutra isn't just about impossible sexual positions, you'll feel more comfortable checking it out. And if you're feeling even more adventurous in the bedroom, consider adding a few essential drawer items to spice up your experience!
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