Updated 23 July 2013

The Kama Sutra

Welcome to this four-part series on the Kama Sutra, designed to unlock the hidden pleasures of love for both you and your partner.


You’ve heard about it. The Kama Sutra - the ultimate guide to sensual pleasure. There are many myths and theories about the Kama Sutra. People question whether or not its age old sexual traditions are relevant in today’s modern society. These are just a few of the issues surrounding this piece of literature that will be explored in Health24’s ‘Guide to the Kama Sutra’.

This is an ancient text, so it may be difficult for people living in the 21st century to relate to some of its content. This guide will take the core concepts of the Kama Sutra, and attempt to apply them to today’s world.

Some of the descriptions in the Kama Sutra can be read as somewhat ridiculous. But though some of these suggestions may seem ridiculous, they were designed for one purpose – to liven things up in the bedroom. Pay special attention, and you will be able to do just that.

What is it?
Everybody knows that the Kama Sutra is a book full of sexual positions, right? Wrong. It is much more than that. ‘Sexual Science’ is the direct translation of the Kama Sutra, and is the earliest example of a traditional Hindu love-manual. The manual was compiled by Vatsyayana, an Indian sage who lived sometime during the second century A.D.

But what’s even more interesting is that his work was based on earlier works called the ‘Kama Shastras’ which translates into ‘Rule of Love’, which is dated back to the seventh century B.C. This whole sex issue has been around for quite a while.

The Kama Sutra explores many important factors surrounding love and sex, from the preparation of the body for lovemaking, to the 69 positions of Kama, to the importance of afterplay.

So prepare your body and mind as we help you to become a bedroom god, and learn the ins and outs of the Kama Sutra. Who knows what it might do for your sex life?

The Kama Sutra 2006

There are many important aspects to sex. It’s not just about getting naked, getting busy, and falling asleep. The Kama Sutra outlines four steps for a perfect evening of love:

1) Preparation

  • Hygiene
  • Setting the mood
  • Caressing and sensual touching
  • 2) Foreplay

  • Kissing
  • Sucking the mango fruit – fellatio techniques
  • Licking of the rose petals – cunnilingus techniques
  • 3) Sexual Congress

  • Lying down positions
  • Sitting positions
  • Rear entry positions
  • Standing positions
  • 4) Afterplay

    The Kama Sutra

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