Freedom is essential for a yogini. It is not an ideal to fight for, to defend. It is not a happy consequence of "living free" in one's life and choices.
Freedom for me means the last tug before the samskara is pulled off, the gasp as new energy pours in, healing and renewing my subtle body, freeing me, a release I can feel. Once I endured it. Now I welcome it, open to it, flow with it. Freedom.