The principle of asteya has been widely discussed in many historical documents covering philosophy, Hinduism and yoga.
In more recent times, Mahatma Gandhi defined asteya as the basic human right to own property without fear. He also referred to asteya is an extension of ahimsa (non-violence), as theft is a type of violence.
When incorporated into everyday life and into daily yoga practice, asteya can be deeply enriching. Yogis looking for a more spiritual approach to their practice may choose to follow the ethical advice of this and other yamas.