BUFFALO, N.Y. – A Buffalo pregnancy center is showing women how yoga can prepare them for motherhood.

Village on Elmwood Avenue is holding pre-natal yoga classes for expecting mothers.

The center is a combination of three separate businesses focusing on holistic parenting and wellness.

Village offers services to help expecting couples from pregnancy through early child hood.

Center representatives say the yoga classes are meant to help mothers make the birthing process as safe as possible.

“There’s a big emotional component when you’re laboring, so when there’s a big physical sensation, there’s a huge emotional component,” said co-owner Rebecca Mercurio. “A lot of women are surprised by that if they’re not ready for it.”

Village also offers birthing pools, pre-natal massages and post-partum support groups.