Angela Joyce is the Founder of The Ugly Duck. She is a Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher who continued her education in Fitness and Nutrition through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Her vision for The Ugly Duck started at the gym.
Well respected in the Health and Wellness Industry, Angela first began her fitness journey as a young mother of two. Her goal was to improve her health for herself and for her children. Through her fitness journey, she found the mental strength and endurance which were needed to overcome social, emotional, and environmental obstacles in her life. She found organic prosperity through the means of physical fitness training, nutrition education, and yoga practice. These experiences led her to became a leader in the well-being community.
Angela spent most of her younger years globe trotting. She chose eco-travel and backpacking trips, which took her everywhere from Africa to Amsterdam. She visited the Dogon Tribe, in the country of Mali. She took a walkabout in Australia, where she learned about dream time from the indigenous Aboriginal people. She also climbed Machu Picchu in Peru, where she stood above the clouds, and marveled at the sacred rock of the ancient Inca people. She has watched the sun rise in Japan, and she has backpacked through Europe. Her travels opened her eyes to the universal truth that, as human beings, we are all more similar than we are different. We all learn, value, and focus on different material things in our day to day lives but we all experience the same joy and the same pain. We all have varying levels of education and income, and we all have different standards of living, but at the same time everyone in the world is searching for the same peace, happiness, and love. We all try our best to do the right thing. We all laugh the same and we all cry the same. Everyone finds joy in helping others and no one likes to be alone. There is no place on Earth that Angela does not wish to visit and no culture she does not wish to understand.
In her late twenties Angela became a mother. Having children introduced her to the fierceness of feminism and helped her tap into a self-reliance that she had previously been unconscious to. Her motherly instincts are what encouraged her to become health and nutrient conscious, and this is what led her to the gym. Organic joy and abundance were created by immersing herself and her children in healthy food, structure, and community. She noticed her young family thriving in the environment and decided to share what she was learning with the world.