She started her modelling career at the age of 16, and after graduating in Park Architecture and Gardening, she left for Japan, where she modeled for a considerable period of time. She then moved to India, where she spent her initial years at the Osho's Meditation centre in Pune. She also got married there, changing her last name to Gupta.
In 2001 she entered the Indian modelling scene and became the brand ambassador of the largest Indian cosmetic brand, Lakme. In 2003 she made her entry into Bollywood with the song "Babuji Zara Dheere Chalo" in the film Dum. She also appeared in an item song in Venkatesh's Gharshana.
In 2009, Yana turned writer, with a book on health, How To Love Your Body And Get The Body You Love. She also released a music album.