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The Robyn Ivy Podcast

Waking up to the Joy of You, with Agapi Stassinopoulos

  • S1E22
  • 1:03:56
  • March 2nd 2022

 The wisdom runs as deep as the joy in my first guest Agapi Stassinopoulos. She opens this conversation by guiding us in a centering meditation and we go on to discuss how to accept yourself, get out of your head and become more available for life.

Agapi is a best-selling author and speaker who inspires audiences around the world. Through her books, workshops and keynotes she takes you on a journey and inspires you to let go of what doesn’t work and instead create the lives you really want.

She currently consults and presents for Thrive Global, a company founded by her sister, Arianna Huffington, to help change the way we work and live. You can’t help but smile throughout this love filled conversation.


Email Agapi at [email protected] for 8 free guided meditations from her most recent book, Wake Up to the Joy of You: 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life.


AGAPI STASSINOPOULOS is a best-selling author and speaker who inspires audiences around the world. In her previous book, Unbinding the Heart: A Dose of Greek Wisdom, Generosity, and Unconditional Love, she shares the wisdom from her life’s adventures and experiences. In her new book, Wake Up to the Joy of You: 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life, she takes readers on a journey and inspires them to let go of what doesn’t work and instead create the lives they really want.

Agapi was trained in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and then moved on to receive her master’s degree in psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Her previous books on the Greek archetypes, Gods and Goddesses in Love and Conversations with the Goddesses, were turned into PBS specials. She is currently conducting workshops for Thrive Global, a company founded by her sister, Arianna Huffington, to help change the way we work and live. Agapi has spoken and conducted meditations at many organizations and companies including L’Oreal, Accenture, SAP, LinkedIn, Pandora, Google, Nike, Weight Watchers, PepsiCo, Starbucks, Global Citizen Company, Museum of Modern Art, ABC Carpet & Home, Women’s Health Magazine, Paul Mitchell, NYU, Gympass, and Hearst Communications amongst many others. She brings home the importance of self-care, practicing gratitude, generosity and self-love to enhance performance and productivity so we can experience happiness and fulfillment. She divides her time between New York and Los Angeles and was born and raised in Athens, Greece.

FIND HER online at www.WakeUptotheJoyofYou.com


Social Media

Instagram: @agapisees

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AgapiStassinopoulos

Twitter: @agapisays

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