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Meet Susan van Daal of Inanna Care in Topanga

Today we’d like to introduce you to Susan van Daal.

Susan, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Ayurveda means “Science of Life”. Over ten years ago, this Indian holistic health care modality showed me a different perspective on life. Initially, to help myself to understand my own body and its signs so that I could heal an auto-immune condition. It taught me in a very practical way how to recognize which foods and lifestyle practices were compatible with my own unique body type (constitution what we call in Ayurveda). It helped me to understand the cycles and seasons of life and how our bodies are related to them. I gained awareness of my body and its needs resulting in healing the inflammations I had within six months. This was the start of a shift in my professional life, from running my own PR agency to inspiring people to connect with and understand their bodies to improve their well being.

After working mainly with women, I realized many of us have lost connection with certain body parts and our feminine cycle. The more we understand our inner rhythm and nature led by hormones the better we can benefit from it in terms of what to eat and what activities to do. Before our period, we get more inward because of progesterone and estrogen levels dropping, so it is better not to start new projects. Again, by my personal journey to get a regular cycle it inspired me to delve more into feminine health and embodiment practices. We have the tendency to withdraw and detach from body parts that have hurt in the past (because of for example a trauma or inflammation). I noticed that the more I would invite myself to be present in my full body the easier things would heal. As Tony Robbins says, “Energy goes where attention flows.”

Especially this insight has helped me tremendously in helping new mothers to connect again with their body after giving birth since the birth experience can leave women a little disconnected especially in hospital births. Therefore I implement in my doula work massage, breathing and visualization practices. In Ayurveda, it is said that the foundation of our health is laid six months before conception by the health of the parents. Therefore, I focus on the full spectrum of reproductive health – from cycle support through pregnancy, birth and the fourth trimester. My mission is to bring back the wisdom of our bodies and to honor women in this profound transition from maiden to mother.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
If my life has been a smooth road? Smooth is probably not the best word to describe my journey it has been rather adventurous. 😉 I would say by living in many places in the world, Holland, India, Portugal and now the US, I have learnt that ‘to live’ means to me to stay open. To leave luggage and shoulds /shouldn’t that we have been conditioned by behind. In addition, it gave me the freedom to experience myself what is true to me and how I want to live rather than how society expects me to live. Living in different places by myself establishing a network of support from scratch without family or friends from college has taught me how to be independent and how to be with myself including the whole spectrum of emotions. This has motivated me to keep exploring my inner landscape and process whatever I would come across. This helps me now to show up fully for my clients. In terms of my physical health, I have been invited by my body to explore more, to connect more and to experience more. Whatever I experienced, it sparked my curiosity to study and dive deep into all kinds of holistic healing modalities. It was a very necessary and blessed journey though, all these factors helped me to live with gratitude, with joy and to find my mission in life.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Inanna Care – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
”Birth is a rite of passage of women. Their journey should be honored, their rights should be fiercely protected, and their stories should be shared.” – Marcie Macari.

This statement resonates with what Inanna care stands for. I believe that the transition into motherhood can be valued and supported more by our society. It is often still underestimated what a woman is going through. My ambition with Inanna care is to make the transition into motherhood as supportive and honorable as possible by bringing back ritual, Ayurvedic nutrition and lifestyle and embodied experiencing into this service. My focus is not just on physical well-being but on emotional processing as well. My goal is to bridge ancient wisdom with modern science and techniques because I believe in synergy. We can learn from the past as much as from the present. I had the privilege to study and heal with many great teachers and traditions. I think that is what sets my work apart – the extent to which I have dived and am committed to my own healing as well physically as emotionally which enables me to hold space. And for me, this is a journey that will never end. It has shaped the way how I connect with the plants, herbs, food and the client and their families that I work with.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
For the future, I have the intention to create a network of birth workers in which we share experiences, exchange resources and tools so that we can provide families with better services. There is no family that needs the same support or is facing the same challenges. The more we share open and vulnerable stories, the more we remove taboos in terms of the female body, birth and motherhood the more vital families become which affects our society as a whole. As in Ayurveda is said, the macro cosmos is a reflection of the microcosmos and vice versa.

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Carissa Mosley, Lilian van Daal

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