A NEW yoga studio has opened in Halesowen town centre.

Meltem Naylor and Andy Angell have opened Aum Tree yoga studio on Peckingham Street.

The couple worked for six weeks, carrying out much of the work themselves, to transform the former accountants.

They opened the venue on Saturday (May 13).

Halesowen News: Andy Angell and Meltem Naylor have opened a new yoga studioAndy Angell and Meltem Naylor have opened a new yoga studio (Image: Handout)

Classes on offer include beginners, rocket yoga, vinyasa yoga for all levels, sound therapy, yoga for seniors and other sessions.

Meltem, aged 49, said: "We were looking at areas to open a yoga studio and because in Halesowen there was no studio in the town centre we thought it would be a great place.

"We were initially looking at buy land and build a retreat, but the idea came to me that we could rent a shop.

"One week after we looked at the shop we had done the deal.

"The estate agent dealing with it is a student of mine from my yoga classes as well!"

Halesowen News: Inside the new studioInside the new studio (Image: Handout)

Aum Tree Yoga has a website at www.yogawithmeltem.com and a Facebook page.

Meltem gave up her job of 16 years teaching fitness and yoga at Queen Alexandra College in Harborne, which caters for students above the age of sixteen with visual impairment, autism and other disabilities, after getting frustrated at the amount of paperwork involved.

She said: "I'm passionate about yoga, so I thought I would take it further."

The studio also has two therapy rooms so Meltem plans to start doing reiki classes and teacher training classes from September.

Meltem, who lives in Bearwood and also teaches yoga in Bearwood, will also offer holistic facials and sound therapy from the end of June at the Halesowen studio.