Slave positions are standard poses that you can teach your submissive or slave to memorize, to be assumed on command. The exercise of training a submissive in the poses, and punishing and rewarding them based on their successes and failures along the way, can be a fun and bonding play scene for those into domination and submission.
There are as many different slave positions as there are dominants, but below we have outlined 12 of the most popular which you can use as a starting point for training your submissive.
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Everyone has different needs and physical limitations, so as the Dominant, consider some leniency while your slave is getting used to the different body positions. You may find that one position exacerbates an old injury or perhaps your slave is not flexible enough to achieve another. All of the following examples can be modified or simply removed all together based on your preferences and the limitations of your slave’s body. On the other hand, most can be made more difficult by adding additional elements like wearing high heels while holding the positions.
Position 1 – Present
Present slave position – sitting down on knees, with knees spread wide and hands palm up on thighs.
This position is a great starting point for training your slave in positions. It’s easy to learn and not too difficult to maintain However, if the slave is wearing heels or not the most flexible, then this position may become uncomfortable after a while. I like this one as it shows respect and patience in the part of the slave.
Position 2 – Submit
“Submit” slave position – kneeling forward face down with knees spread and arms stretched in front.
Submit may look familiar, as it is quite similar to “child’s pose” in yoga. It’s pretty comfortable to remain in for longer periods of time, and puts the slave into a nice downward facing submissive posture. They won’t be able to see what you’re doing, and the forehead on hands lends itself well to having your slave get into a relaxed state of mind.
A more difficult variation of this position is “grovel”, where the arms are in a box position behind the back (shown in the picture at the top of this article).
Position 3 – Kneel Forward
“Kneel forward” slave position – straight arms and hips forward from knees
This position is essentially plank pose, but on the knees so a little less intense. When held correctly (with hips forward of knees), it will be challenging to endure for periods. A more difficult variation is “punishment” where the feet are held off the ground (increasing pressure on the knees).
Position 4 – Kneel Back
“Kneel back” slave position – kneeling with knees wide, while leaning back onto straight arms.
Those with tight thigh muscles will find it a challenge to get into this position. It’s a very submissive and aesthetically pleasing position, which provides great access to all of the front of the slave’s body.
Position 5 – Expose
“Expose” slave position – kneeling with hands behind head and knees spread wide
This position is named very aptly. I could picture sitting a slave in a corner at a public dungeon or play party in this position, for all to see (and have several times in fact).
A variation is to have the slave crouched on feet rather than knees, and the arms can be behind the back rather than over the head (pictured on the right above).
Position 6 – Hands
“Hands” slave position – arms together held out in front while kneeling down
This position is a test of endurance on the arms. To make more difficult, have them straighten their arms, or add an object like a book to be held (as shown in the picture).
Position 7 – Floor
“Floor” slave position – lying face down, wrists cross behind back
The slave in this position feels true supplication. They are physically at the lowest level possible, which can be experienced at a very emotional level. The wrists behind the back means the full weight of gravity is felt on the body. This can be made more difficult by having the forehead rest on the floor rather than the cheek.
Position 8 – Apology
“Apology” slave position – lying face down, forehead down, arms spread wide
The forehead touching the ground ensures the slave cannot see anything happening in the room. The arms spread wide means the slave takes up more space, ensuring they are seen by all in the room. A big statement of obedience and total submission – perfect for a slave that has something to apologize for.
Position 9 – Wait up
“Wait up” slave position – standing with legs slightly apart, wrists crossed above the head
It’s like waiting, but with the hands neatly and submissively out of the way in case Master should feel like playing with the slaves tits. And certainly would never be confused with an independent person just casually standing around.
Position 10 – Wait
“Wait” slave position – standing with legs slightly apart, arms in box position behind the back
More subtle that “Wait up”, this can be a nice default position when waiting on the Master, or when in vanilla settings where it draws less attention that other positions.
A variation is to allow the legs to be only slight apart rather than spread wide, which will be more subtle and more comfortable for longer periods of time.
Position 11 – Spread
“Spread” slave position – lying down on back, with arms behind back in box position, and legs spread wide
This position coveys total sexual submission. The genitals and breasts are presented and available for the Master’s every whim.
Position 12 – Wheel
“Wheel” slave position – feet slightly apart, back bend supported by the hands
This shares the name of “wheel pose” (also known as upward bow) in yoga. It is the most difficult of these 12 positions to enter and maintain – a true test of strength and endurance. For those slaves who are able to hold this position for their master, the effort will be rewarded by the feeling of complete submission to their Master.
I hope these positions give you some great inspiration for training your submissive in slave positions! Many Dominants come up with their own names and variations on positions, and have their subs / slaves practice and memorize them based on position number, name or both. If you have a unique approach to slave position training, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
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Troy Conley says
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I’ve been enjoying the process of position training my wife – nothing too complicated. We use Present (as a verb) for our preferred inspection position, At Ease (military inspired), as the waiting position, Kneel as a secondary waiting position, Down as a kneeling, facedown humbled waiting position (meditation and focus here, as she can’t see with her forehead to the floor), and two versions of All Fours (High and Low). These positions flow well together, and I insist her movement between positions is symmetrical and graceful. I also use some “toggle switch” commands – Eyes for down, up, or straight ahead, depending on context, Knees for wider or back together, Feet for wider or together. Finally, Wrists means crossed in the small of her back (simulated cuffing). The details are based on her flexibility and my preference.
For me, running her through a few commands (and perhaps leaving her in a waiting position for some time while I grab a drink or handle a quick chore) is a nice bit of foreplay, and I can also use these during sex or discipline as a shorthand to get her positioned quickly.
Consider a command to release her, give her back her initiative/free will, like Freestyle. Take back initiative with any command, in an unmistakable command voice.