Born as Alyona Ovsyanick in Saint Petersburg, Soviet Russia, to a psychologist mother and an economist father. She has two younger sisters, one an Israeli economist and second, Ksenia Ovsyanick, principal ballerina at Berlin State Ballet, who resides in Berlin.
At fourteen years old Yiv made Aliyah to Israel with NAALE Program. She first lived in kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek, where she learned Hebrew and afterwards moved to David Raziel youth village, where she graduated high school with specialisation in Mathematics and Music.
She continued studying Mathematics afterwards at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. However more and more she developed interest in cinema and movie making, actively attending lectures and seminars, reading and learning about filmmaking. This led to her eventually moving to Jerusalem to attend Hadassah College to study film and television production.
As part of the studies she also took acting classes, leading to starring in short film "Junior" (dir. Yossi Asnafy, 2006), which was nominated for the best Israeli short film in Haifa International Film Festival (2006) and Jerusalem Film festival (2007). Following Hadassah she moved to Tel Aviv to join Film and Television Acting Studio founded and directed by Avi Malka. While working as assistant director and production coordinator, she also attended his acting courses.
In 2010 she starred in the Israeli TV series "Blue Natalie” (as Yulia) and was nominated for best actress in drama series by Israeli TV Academy for both seasons.
Always having love for sports, Yiv joined Dima Osmolovsky's Stunt team in 2009. She performed as a stuntwoman in Israeli and international TV and film productions for six years until her first pregnancy. Along her acting career she directed a number of short films and music videos.
In 2020 she won the Ophir Film Award for Best Actress in the film Asia