Message From Gordon Thomson, Prana Wellbeing’s new Studio Director
I’ve been inundated with requests for updates. Lots of you, my fantastic students, have asked: “Where have you moved?” and “Where are you teaching now, and who with?” So, I’m letting you all know, via Prana Wellbeing, my new studio, exactly what’s been going on and what’s to come from Gordon Thomson.
2013 was one of the most dramatic years of my life, with exciting new beginnings and other really sad closures.
First, in May, I left my beloved Hackney terrace house after 26 years and moved to a set of 1770 cottages with nearly an acre of land in a village near Arundel, West Sussex. This is a very special site and is right next to Amberley railway station; convenient for the hourly train to Victoria. This was a very lucky purchase. I love my new home, its surroundings and the freedom to jump on a train at a momentâ€™s notice.
In September of that year came the closure of my studio at Queensberry Mews West. After 22 years, nigh on the 30th anniversary of my first opening in South Kensington, Pineapple, which I ran between 1984 and 1991 with Debbie Moore.
Wayne Sleep was my landlord at the time and, as my lease was due to come to an end, he decided to sell both his house opposite and the studio. These properties have been acquired by the new owners of the original Pineapple buildings. If their plans come to fruition, this will eventually be transformed into the new South Kensington club in 2015. What goes around comes around.
I had to manage six months of exile from working in London. Thankfully I was able to look after a studio in Arundel for one of my lovely teachers, Sarah Hardy, while she to a sabbatical in Italy. Travelling to that magical town every day was an opportunity to reflect on the massive changes that had happened during 2013, and plan my future. I still work one day a week in that special little studio.