Sexual Positions


Taoist Sex Positions

In the Taoist counterpart to the Kama Sutra, the author describes 26 positions for lovemaking, nearly all of which are variations on four basic postures. These basic postures are the Intimate Union (man-on top), the Unicorn's Horn (woman-on-top), Close Attachment (side-by-side and face-to-face), and the Fish Sunning Itself (rear entry).

Although the positions are likely to seem similar to those in the other ancient (and even modern) texts, the beautiful names given to the positions (Butterflies in Flight, Swallows in Love, A Phoenix Playing in a Red Cave) reflect the Taoist tenet that life is a balance of opposites in which everything that occurs has an equal and opposite reaction. Sexual union exchanges the forces of Yin, which is negative, passive and nourishing, and Yang, which is positive, active and consuming.

Also for a modern interpretation of the classic ancient works of the Kama Sutra, see Anne Hooper's "Kama Sutra" (1994).