I was a bit worried, before moving from Washington ave to New York ave, about the lack of good gyms in east Crown Heights and judging from the number of times the question gets asked on these boards, I'm not the only one. But then (cue chiming bells and birdsong) I discovered Urban Asanas on Nostrand. It's a yoga studio, and I never considered myself much of an Om type girl, but Jyll's classes are kickass hard and just fantastic. She makes you sweat, she makes you laugh, and then she makes you meditate. After taking classes there for a month, I feel fitter than I ever have before. And on top of it, she's created a real community - she learns your name and makes you feel welcome, people hang out after class, get to know each other. I'm not shilling, I promise -- I have no financial stake! I just have developed a serious crush on this locally-owned, black-owned, female-owned business and want to spread the word.
And also -- has anyone tried the crossfit?