Freedom is the fundamental over-all physical, mental and emotional well-being or health, peace and happiness in all sentient living beings.
Not being free, is the greatest suffering of all sentient living beings.
Without freedom of existence, living, surviving, thinking, reasoning, understanding, learning, inquiring, movement, action (including inaction), expression, agreeing/disagreeing, working/resting, or merely the freedom of being oneself as it is, being existing momentarily in this space that doesn't belong to anyone, there's no peace, but only constant unrest of dissatisfaction and disharmony within and without.
Even though most minds want and appreciate freedom, however, there are certain minds don't want freedom, as well as, there are certain minds might want to have all kinds of freedom for themselves, but they don't want some others to have any freedom or certain kind of freedom. That's everyone's freedom of thinking and what they desire and don't desire, even if it's insanity, where the mind is suffering under the absence of awareness or conscience.
Apart from the inevitable 'non-freedom' or 'limitation' due to the limitation of selfless impermanent changes of the selfless impermanent existence and function of a selfless impermanent limited and conditional physical body with the perceptive cognitive intellectual emotional thinking faculty, of being inter-dependent on many elements and energy to be existing and functioning and changing selflessly, all sentient living beings are not free, mostly it's because of the existence of certain man made 'restriction' on restricting many kinds of freedoms in the world that doesn't belong to anyone.
There's nothing wrong with the existence of certain non-harming but beneficial and reasonable man made rules and regulations for all and everyone to follow, that are essential for maintaining certain order in the common space being shared by many different sentient living beings, to avoid unnecessary accidents or selfish ignorant damaging effects, to be looking after the over-all well-being of all and everyone and the surrounding environment. Such as certain basic traffic rules or basic safety regulations on all kinds of food consumption and production, drinking water, air quality, sanitation, healthcare, medical treatment, work, building construction, factory production, electricity usage, transportation, and etc. However, there are many other unnecessary man made rules and regulations that made into 'laws' deriving from passionate egoistic ideas and desires under the influence of ignorance, egoism and impurities, that are not necessarily promoting the over-all well being of all and everyone, but are indeed greatly impacting and harming the over-all well-being of freedom, peace and harmony in all and everyone, just for being existing and living in the world of many diversities that doesn't belong to anyone, where most minds are imperfect, and will never be perfect as it's the nature of all and everything for being imperfect.
Prosecuting and punishing anyone who is imperfect by nature, it's like prosecuting and punishing someone with some physical or mental defects or disabilities, for their defects or disabilities. It doesn't make sense, and it doesn't change the imperfection to become perfect.
It's the freedom of everyone whether they want to be free, or not.
And it's everyone's freedom for what they think, believe, understand, feel, desire and practice, or not.
However, for those who are interested in learning and practicing yoga and/or buddhism, it's about inquiring towards the truth of everything, including 'what is freedom', 'what is limitation', 'Why there is the perception or experience of not being free', 'what and why is the lack of freedom or the absence of freedom', 'what and why is the unnecessary restriction on many kinds of freedoms', 'what and why is the abuse of freedom', 'what and why is the abuse of the restriction on freedom', as well as all kinds of 'what', 'why' or 'how' towards all kinds of names and forms, ideas, activities or affairs that the mind comes in contact with, as the main purpose or the existence of the teachings and practice of yoga and/or buddhism in this world of selflessness and impermanence, is all about attaining liberation, or freedom, or independence, from what is causing the perception or experience of 'not being free', or 'suffering', or 'unhappiness', regardless of whether it's the inevitable 'limitation' of selfless impermanent existence, function and changes, or it's the many unnecessary man made 'restrictions' deriving from ignorance, egoism and impurities.
The greatest freedom, or liberation, or independence in the teachings and practice of yoga and/or buddhism is the minds are being free from the idea of 'I', ignorance, egoism, impurities and restlessness, void of selfishness and greed, possessiveness and dissatisfaction, anger and hatred, pride and arrogance, superiority and inferiority, separateness and discrimination, corruption and violence, oppression and invasion, bully and exploitation, petty-mindedness and fear, offensiveness and defensiveness, or unrest and disharmony, where there's no need of any man made rules or laws to be 'controlling', or 'regulating', or 'restricting' others to be and not to be thinking, believing, feeling, desiring, behaving, expressing, acting or reacting in certain way, but it's coming from everyone's own freewill or conscience out of correct understanding void of ignorance, that lead to freedom, peace and harmony in oneself, that contribute to less unrest and disharmony while more peace and harmony into the world of many diversities that doesn't belong to anyone.
Such as, how can there be a man made 'law' to be enforcing everyone must 'vote' under the system of democracy that is all about 'respecting' the freedom or the rights in everyone, where those who don't want to get involve in the 'democratic voting system' due to great disappointment towards the imperfections that exist in the system of 'democracy voting system', would be 'prosecuted', 'criminalized', 'penalized' and 'punished' under such man made 'law'? How can there be restriction or prohibition towards the freedom of expression or the rights to protest against something that the mind disagreeing with or doesn't desire? How can there be man made 'punishment' towards what the minds want or don't want to think and believe? How can there be man made 'law' to be restricting or prohibiting someone being what or who they are, or living life in their own way in the world that doesn't belong to anyone, or to be 'enforcing' all and everyone must be performing certain 'action', or else, one would be 'prosecuted' and 'punished' if one doesn't desire to be performing certain 'action'?
The peaceful way to be free from all those unnecessary 'madness' that keep 'growing' in the world that doesn't belong to anyone, is out of one's freewill and self-effort, to free one's mind from ignorance, egoism, impurities and restlessness, that have been contributing to and empowering all kinds of 'madness' in the world that doesn't belong to anyone.
It's not about 'controlling' or 'restricting' all others to be or not to be in certain way, without working on self-inquiry and self-realization to free one's mind from the idea of 'I', ignorance, egoism, impurities and restlessness, out of one's freewill and effort. None need to be controlling or restricting anyone else, if the minds are free from the idea of 'I', ignorance, egoism, impurities and restlessness, deriving from one's freewill and effort to be free from all that.
That is the 'non-violence' way to promote peace and harmony in oneself and in the world, that the teachings and practice of yoga and/or buddhism is about.
Most minds don't want and don't like 'violence'. Many minds still have certain degrees of awareness, sanity and conscience. It's never too late, to free one's mind from the idea of 'I', ignorance, egoism, impurities and restlessness, unless the mind has come to the stage of completely lost without any reasoning power to inquire the truth of anything.
In this present moment, the mind is free, if without passionate egoistic attachment, or identification, or desire of craving and aversion, towards any qualities of names and forms, if the mind is void of desire, possessiveness, selfishness, separateness, discrimination, disturbance, discontentment, greed, dissatisfaction, disappointment, offensiveness, defensiveness, pride, arrogance, superiority, inferiority, fear, anger, hatred, violence, and so on.
There will be greater chances of freedom, peace and harmony, if the world is free from possessiveness and greed, if none try to 'possess', 'control' and 'regulate' the world to be and not to be in certain the way that each and everyone desire and doesn't desire differently. How can there be freedom, peace and harmony when everyone tries to possess, conquer and restrict one another to be in power to 'possess', 'control' and 'regulate' the world to be the exact way that 'I' or 'we' desire?
It's not easy, but it's possible, if there's awareness, and if there's a will.
If this is not possible, let it be. It's everyone's freedom to be what and how they are.
Inquire the truth of everything.