Shalini Bhalla-Lucas is an award-winning author, entrepreneur, speaker, teacher/trainer and the founder of Just Jhoom! – a Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness programme. She is also an accredited Mindfulness and Meditation teacher – teaching people highly-effective, proven techniques to help combat stress, anxiety and depression. She is currently training to be an End of Life Doula.
Shalini has performed all over the world and has had TV appearances on ITV’s Daybreak, Channel 4s Sunday Brunch and the BBC, as well as on numerous radio stations. She has been featured in publications such as RED magazine, Top Sante and Dance Today, discussing dance and Just Jhoom! but has also been called upon to discuss how she beat depression with dance, meditation and mindfulness.
As a result, of being so open about her depression, Shalini was chosen to be one of ten people in the country to be a “Voice of MIND” – campaigning for better mental health provision in the UK, and has spoken in the Houses of Parliament to MPs about wellbeing and resilience to Mental Health problems as well as on a roundtable discussion for the Huffington Post and at the IAPT Therapist Convention 2015.
In 2013 Shalini won the Asian Women of Achievement Awards in Arts and Culture (in association with RBS) and was recently named as “One of 20 Female Entrepreneurs Energising Britain” by Real Business. In January 2012 she won the local Business Accelerator Award through the Surrey Advertiser, and was also included in the 2009 Young Business Leaders edition of Who’s Who of Britain’s Business Elite and the Who’s Who of Britain’s Business Leaders 2010 and 2011. In January of 2016 Just Jhoom! was shortlisted as one of six finalists at the inaugural Cranleigh & District Business, Innovation & Growth (BIG) Awards.
Shalini self-published her first book “Always With You – A true story of love, loss…and hope” in July 2018. In October 2018 it became a No 1 Amazon Bestseller.
“Online Dating @ 40 – The Nobheads, Nutjobs & Nice Guys” is Shalini’s second book and was published in February 2019.