Updated 23 July 2013

Kama Sutra positions - Standing

The Kama Sutra offers a viarety of standing sexual positions designed to improve the sex life of even the dullest couple.

Standing Positions

“When a couple make love standing, or leaning against a wall or a pillar, it is called Sthita”.

“When the woman sits in her lover's cradled hands, her arms around his neck, thighs gripping his waist, her feet pushing back and forth against a wall, it is Avalambitaka”.

Churning Curds
“When, catching and crushing your lover in the cage of your arms, you force her knees apart with yours and sink slowly into her, it is Dadhyayataka”.

“When she leans against a wall, planting her feet as widely apart as possible, and you enter the cave between her thighs, eager for lovemaking, it is Sammukha”.

The swing
“If, as you lean against the wall, your lady twines her thighs around yours, locks her feet to your knees, and clasps your neck, making love very passionately, it is Dola”.

The stride
“When your lover draws up one leg, allowing the heel to nestle just behind your knee, and you make love, embracing her forcefully, it is Traivikrama”.

The tripod
“If you catch one of her knees firmly in your hand and stand making love with her while her hands explore and caress your body, it is Tripadam”.

One foot
“If she raises one leg and you catch hold of her little foot, caressing her breasts and telling her how much you love her, it is Ekapada”.

The encircling
“Her foot pressed to your heart, your arms encircling and supporting her, lean back against the wall and enjoy the lovely girl: this is Veshta”.

The palm
“She stands against the wall, lotus-hands on hips, long, lovely fingers reaching to her navel. Cup her foot in your palm and let your free hand caress your angel's limbs. Put your arm around her neck and enjoy her as she leans there at her ease. Those who knew the art of love in its great days called this posture Tala”.

Two palms
“If you lean back to a wall and your lover, clinging to your neck, places both her feet in your palms and thus makes love, this is Dvitala”.

The knee elbow
“If you lift your lover by passing your elbows under her knees and gripping her buttocks while she hangs fearfully from your neck, it is Janukurpara”.

“Your wife grips your neck and locks her legs around your waist: this is Kirti”.

(Warren Vonk,, August 2005)

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